ABOVE PHOTO: Block party co-ordinator Johneice Bradley (far left) with attendees and mom Vernice Bradley, Marshall Street block captain (in orange shirt). (Photo: K-Len Anderson)
Thanks to the efforts of community-minded Shippensburg University senior Johneice Bradley and the unselfish contributions of community leaders, neighbors and friends, South Marshall Street was one of the places to be on Saturday, July 28, for children getting ready to go back to school.
Ms. Bradley was instilled with a strong passion for helping out in her community from a very young age. She was taught to have compassion and respect for and interaction with others.
In this spirit, Bradley coordinated a back to school giveaway to show the neighborhood youths that their community cared about them and was supportive of their efforts to get ready for the new school year.
Bradley sent out dozens of letters to community leaders, businesses, and neighbors requesting help to buy book bags, new or used school uniforms and school supplies. Monetary donations were also accepted.
The block party ran from 11AM to 5 PM. The children and adults had a great time with a bouncy house and light refreshments consisting of hot dogs, water, and snacks. A barber was even on hand to offer free haircuts.
Special thanks to the generous sponsors for the event: Marita Crawford (IBEW 98); Councilmen Mark Squilla and Kenyatta Johnson; Ralph & Ricky’s Restaurant; Kristen Russo Wilkerson; Ashiya Wilkerson of @shadezby.shy; Elaine Watson Reid; Amina Austin; Willie Austin; Carolyn Austin; Shahin of Family & Friends; Martin neighbor; Dianna Kelly; Pat Parkinson, 57th Ward Leader; Brian Eddis, 63rd Ward Leader; Marty Atkins; Domenici of Mary’s Caterers; Matt Myers, 39th Ward Leader; Ozzie Myers; Catletta Mills and Michael Sullivan from Fireside Lounge.