New Southeast Community Partnership hosts event at school

New Southeast Community Partnership hosts event at school
August 20
00:00 2015


In above photo: A few children post with supplies they received during the back-to-school event at Main Street Academy on Aug. 13 (Submitted photo)

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The children in the Southeast Ward were recently treated to a back-to-school event at Main Street Academy.

During the event, students were given book bags containing school supplies and were fed.

The Southeast International Community Day was organized by the newly formed Southeast Community Partnership.

The team consists of several churches, organizations and government agencies.

Many from the community were excited about the event and pleased to see an event in the Southeast community.

The Rev. Anthony Jones, pastor of United Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church, described the experience: “For 10 years, I have been serving as the senior minister of United Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church, located in the Southeast Ward. One of my passions for ministry is working with children and youth. Over the years, I’ve noticed there was a lack of positive activity for children and youth in the area. I prayed to God to provide an idea to help build upon my desire to provide succor and strength to the children and youth and in our area. As a result of the Southeast International Community Day, the efficacy of agencies and people who share the passion to produce a proper environment [united].”

Big Brothers/Big Sisters is also a member of the Southeast Community Partnership. Shawan Gabriel, CEO, expressed her opinion of the event as follows: “It was great to have so many community partners to unite and host this type of event for the southeast community, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters was glad to be a part of it.”

There were countless families represented at the event.

The Martinez family has three children in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools system.

They were very grateful to be able to receive free school supplies.

Stan Martinez said: “This is a blessing, buying school supplies for three children can be very costly, we in the community really appreciate this event.”

Ronald Travis, principal of Main Street Academy, concluded with the following: “I am very grateful we are able to partner with so many outstanding agencies. We appreciate their support.

“We are very grateful that our community supported an event of this magnitude. We are also thankful for the support of Officer Pam Peoples-Joyner and the Winston-Salem Police Department. Her leadership was very critical to the success of this affair.

“Lastly, to Councilman James Taylor, Councilman of the Southeast Ward. He supported this occasion and has visited our campus and pledged his support of our endeavors. Main Street Academy wants to continue to be a productive partner in the Southeast Community.”

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