100-plus attend Back 2 School Bash

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The Wilson Housing Authority’s E.B. Jordan Homes community threw a Back 2 School Bash last week for the area’s children before the start of public schools Aug. 27. The event attracted more than 100 children and their parents.

The annual event is sponsored by E.B. Jordan’s Resident Council, a group of residents in the community who plan and sponsor events throughout the year, including getting the area’s children ready for the new school year.

This year’s event featured a games competition where the winners won prizes, along with music, a hot dog and hamburger lunch and distribution of school supplies to families in the community who need the help.

The resident council oversaw the collection of donations for the party and the school supplies giveaway. The Dollar General store on Herring Avenue allowed the council to put out a box soliciting donations, and Carla Hinnant, the council’s president, said the response from the community was overwhelming.

“That box remained full,” Hinnant said. “Without that help, we wouldn’t have been able to help so many of our children.”

Other donations came from individuals in the neighborhood and housing authority staff.

Kelly Vick, president and CEO of the Wilson Housing Authority, said the E.B. Jordan Resident Council members do an excellent job of reaching out to their neighbors and planning events that benefit the entire community.

Thanks to donors’ generosity, the resident council was able to send some of the donated school supplies to the El Ramey Circle neighborhood to benefit the children who live there.