Back-to-school cookout at rec center attracts adults and kids

Back-to-school cookout at rec center attracts adults and kids
August 20
00:00 2015

In above photo: The young drum line from the Justice Marathon Funtime Adventure Camp entertains the crowd on buckets at the back-to-school cookout. (Submitted photo)

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Over 350 children received school supplies and hot dog dinners at the back-to-school cookout that was held Friday, Aug. 7, at the Carl H. Russell Sr. Community Center.

They enjoyed a basketball game between the Winston-Salem Police department and youth from the Community Center, in which the youth won 54 – 41.

They were entertained by the Carver Sr. High School Marching Band, which has been called one of the best high schools in the city.

The band leader is Juan Eckerd.

Other entertainment included D.J. “Bag” Derrick Reid, bucket drumming (Justice Marathon Funtime Adventure Camp), which was dedicated to the memory of the late Kenneth Wilson a.k.a. “Mooney,” who organized the drum line.

Event Coordinator Ben Piggott said he thanked God for the following organizations and individuals who helped with this 13th annual Back to School Cookout: Winston-Salem Recreation Center and Parks Department, Winston-Salem Police Department, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., Mentors Lead, Life Line Shoe Box Distribution Project, Team BAM, Ramona and Andrew Williams, Vickie Allen, Nate Sweney P.H.A. Mason, Renee Vaughn (97.1 WQMG), Carl H. Russell Sr. Community Center staff, Debbie and Sadie Daniels (Deltas), Leroy Richardson Jr. and Sr., Maximum Enterprises Inc., Mr. and Mrs. Mark Redd, Avery Hall, Jamie Wilkes Trophies and Tonya Fisher for body oil, burning oil and other items.

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