Thursday, May 15, 2014
With a drum roll and a siren, the 10th Annual Kids Fest kicked off Saturday on Front Street in Georgetown with a Red Ribbon Parade of children, police, fire and rescue leading the community to East Bay Park for a day of recognition, fun and festivities.
The festival carries the message that kids have choices and don’t need gangs, drugs or violence in their lives.
Parade Grand Marshal was Georgetown Police Chief Paul Gardner. Keynote speaker was County Coroner Kenny Johnson who urged Georgetown’s kids to avoid bad situations.
Jaelyn Davis, 9, gave the invocation; Mikayle Morris, 17, sang the Star Spangled Banner and Soraya Chatman, 9, Melissa Bell and Brittany Gibson (of the South Carolina Juvenile Justice Department) also spoke.
Poster contest winners out of the more than 100 entries were:
Naomi Thompson, 10, Maryville Elementary; Zairianna Barnes, 7, Pleasant Hill Elementary; Harm Graham, 10, Pleasant Hill and Lauryn Drayton, 10, Plantersville Elementary.
The students were honored with a certificate and a $25 Walmart gift card, donated by Walmart.
Denise Chatman of Optimism Mentoring and Preventive Services, Inc. chaired the event with the help of Adam Payne, Georgetown Parks & Recreation, Corporal Patterson, Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office and many others.
Organizations participating in the event include the Department of Juvenile Justice, the Georgetown County School District, the Family Justice Center, Optimism Preventive Services, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Teach My People and the YMCA.
Food Lion, Piggly Wiggly and Walmart sponsored the event.