The City of Atlanta and V-103 welcomed hundreds of kids to Adamsville Recreation Center on Saturday to participate in a day of fun and learning at the Tools for School: Back to School Jam & Sports Clinic. The event included swimming, football and cheerleading clinics, a school supply and book drive for the youth enrolled in the Centers of Hope afterschool program, and V-103 personality Greg Street’s “We Need to Read” initiative.
“The Tools for School: Back to School Jam & Sports Clinic helped ensure that hundreds of young people have the resources and tools to start a successful school year,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “I am proud of the residents and community partners who answered the call to donate school supplies for our Centers of Hope afterschool program.”
During the event, the Department of Parks and Recreation showcased its fall activities and programs. Parks and Recreation staff were onsite to register kids for the City’s fall programming, including football, cheerleading, swimming, fitness classes and the Centers of Hope afterschool program.
“Saturday was a great day for many kids in Atlanta,” said George Dusenbury, Commissioner of the Department of Parks and Recreation. “With the help of the Atlanta City Council and V103, we were able to collect school supplies and books for kids in this year’s Centers of Hope afterschool program. In addition to collecting school supplies, we had a great turnout for the swimming, football and cheerleading clinics led by the Parks and Recreation staff, and we all are looking forward to a successful fall season for the many programs and activities that the Department offers for Atlanta’s residents and youth.”
The Centers of Hope Books and School Supplies Drive was a week-long effort, culminating today with a celebration at Adamsville Recreation Center. V-103 broadcasted live from the event with a DJ for participants to enjoy and provided giveaways. Several Atlanta City Councilmembers had an opportunity to address Atlanta’s children and families in a short program where V-103’s Greg Street introduced his “We Need to Read” program. Children also enjoyed face painting, Zumba, an obstacle course and a number of other activities. Lunch was also provided to all children who visited Adamsville during the event.
“The Tools for School: Back to School Jam & Sports Clinic was a great opportunity for City leaders and V103 to offer positive, healthy activities for our youth to participate in,” said Councilman C.T. Martin. “Through this collaboration, we were also able to collect school supplies for the many kids in the Centers of Hope program who need our help. Through the work that was done today, we know that many kids will start this school year off confident and a little more prepared for success.”