Back To School, Stay In School Kicks Off At Ernie Davis Park

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School is back in session! The Elmira community is coming together to kick off the Back To School, Stay In School initiative to encourage kids to ‘bounce up the educational ladder.”

The Elmira-Corning NAACP program of P.E.A.C.E. and some other local organizations hosted a day of free school supplies, food, music and entertainment at Ernie Davis Park.  The event encourages kids to stay in school.

Kids from the “Program of P.E.A.C.E. Leo Hughey Jr. Basketball Classic” came out to play in their final game of the summer today. 

“We try to impress upon the kids the importance of education, going to school and staying in school. We tied it in with a sports event because we like to do a holistic approach. We know kids like to enjoy sports and food and have a good time, but we also want them to know education is key,” Cornig-Elmira NAACP President, Georgia Verdia said. 

“Reverend Leo Hughey Jr. was a great man and that’s why we honor for this event. Rev. Hughey gave up the opportunity to play professional basketball two times to pursue his vision to become a minister. He was a great influence on myself and Troy and showed us how to raise our kids,” event organizer, Willie Owens said. 

Organizers say the kids are told education comes before, during and after basketball.

Along with today’s events there was a free bounce house, snow cones, toys, a clothing give away, food and tutoring resources. 

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