Friday, July 15, 2005

Kings Park Neighborhood Association

Today, I had the distinct pleasure of attending a luncheon sponsored by the Kings Park Neighborhood Association in Macon. Terrill Hill, who many in middle Georgia know through his years of political and neighborhood activism, helped to host this event. I enjoyed the event, not just because the BBQ'd chicken was the best I have ever tasted, but because it is evident that this is a community where the citizens have taken a hands-on approach to cleaning up their neighborhood and helping their children arrive at school ready to learn. In this community, the neighbors have come together. They have reached out to those in authority- Sheriff Modena, D.A. Howard Simms and DFCS director Marjorie Almand were all in attendance-building relationships that make all the difference when there is a problem that needs to be addressed. Good for them! The luncheon was held in the computer lab the neighbors have built for the after school tutoring program. I could not help but notice that there were not enough computers to fill the desktops! Maybe some generous soul has a few to spare? We often talk about what's wrong in our neighborhoods. Here's an example of a group that's all action and no talk!!

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