A Cause for Celebration – It’s Back to School for Youngsters

A Cause for Celebration – It’s Back to School for Youngsters

For many children across America it was back to school this week, after a summer of both sun and fun; and in Philly, this was cause for celebration.

No doubt parents were rubbing their hands together with glee, the holidays are over and entertaining the kids 24/7 is no longer a must, but that’s not what we’re talking about here. On Sunday, Malcolm X Park at 51st and Pine Streets played host to a children’s wonderland, with cotton candy, hot dogs and even pony rides to mark the end of the summer and get kids ready for school the next day.

Back to School Celebration, Malcolm X Park, Philadelphia, Charity, News

Barbers gave out free haircuts to dozens of boys, while the girls were busy getting their nails done, and learning how to make jewellery.

Three-hundred youngsters were supplied with complimentary back-to-school kits including a backpack filled with notebooks, pens, pencils, glue sticks, folders and paints.

Arranged by 25 year-old entrepreneur Nehemiah Davis, this year marked the third back-to-school celebration, providing book bags and other school supplies to children in West Philly, which are all donated by kind individuals.

Beginning his good work in 2008, Davis helped feed the homeless of Philadelphia, before forming his namesake non-profit organisation two years ago. Still handing out food to the unfortunate on 18th and Vine Streets, the good cause has become a family affair with his mother, grandmother and 13 year-old twin sisters helping out.

This Sunday’s shenanigans are only the tip of the iceberg, as Davis’ foundation also throws Christmas and Thanksgiving parties, plus Easter egg hunts for both children and the homeless.

“It’s something that’s definitely needed for the community,” said Janelle Williams of Wynnefield, who brought her two nephews to the back-to-school fete.

“There are a lot of things going on in Philadelphia that are not pleasant,” she continued. “He’s trying to highlight something that is more positive. The children see that maybe they can grow up and do something like this. That’s the overall theme: Help yourself, and then you’ll be able to help others.”

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