Troy Hill resident Melaye Johnson never thought when she joined the North Side Oldtimers group a year ago that she would be traveling to the Nation’s Capital to see the White House.
I’ve always wanted to see the White House,” said Johnson, 11. “It was big and we also got to see the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. That was my favorite part and we also got the chance to go inside some of the museums there. I am so thankful to the North Side Oldtimers for a fun trip.”
North Side Oldtimers are a group of survivors made up of men and women from the various North Side neighborhoods who have come together to give back to the communities of their misspent youths. The North Side Oldtimers primary purpose is to foster and promote peace, unity and harmony among the children of all North Side neighborhoods, in particular, as well as the city in general.
The aim of the group is to reach out to children that are the most susceptible to change, said its president Fred “Scrappy” Bulls. Its aim is to effectuate positive change with as much interaction as we can promote with the children in our 19 Northside neighborhoods, in particular, and all children in general.ºº
“Ever since President Obama came into office, we said we wanted to take the kids to the White House,” explained co-founder, Bulls. “We really wanted the kids to see it before the President left office and we got our wish. We were able to take 40 kids and 15 adults. The trip was beautiful. It was something I’m sure the kids will never forget.”