GOING ON A TRAIN RIDE
“The event was a huge success,” said English Burton, North Side Oldtimers co-founder and outreach chairman. “We had a little less of a crowd due to the weather. People probably looked at the weather and thought they didn’t want to take a chance. But we still had the same sense of camaraderie and the kids still had fun. It was a fun Saturday and Sunday.”
In addition to its monthly skating parties at the Neville Island Roller Rink every Sunday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the group is working on expanding its after school outreach program that was held at the former Columbus Middle School site. For six weeks last year, the group held enrichment classes for the kids.
“Our goal is to get the after school program during the whole school year,” Burton said. “Our kids are at risk after school and the after school program will start at 5:30 pm and run Monday through Thursday starting in September and running through June.”
The program will be run in conjunction with other youth development organizations including the Josh Gibson Foundation, Youth Opportunity Development and the North Side Coalition for Fair Housing.
A plethora of activities will be offered for the students including etiquette, arts and crafts and chess club.
“We’re just a group of guys who have seen a lot of things over the years,” Burton said. “We’re a violence prevention organization that is trying to help.”
ALL KIDS RECEIVED A FREE HOT DOG AND A HUGGY
SOME OLDTIMERS—From left: some of the North Side Oldtimers are Rev. Clifford Foster, Will Tompkins, Jim Herring, Flow Tomlin and Bubby Arms.
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