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Pool party time: Carver gets kids ready for school

August 8th, 2014 11:06 am by Sue Guinn Legg

Pool party time: Carver gets kids ready for school

Kids enjoy the back-to-school bash at Legion Pool (Sue Guinn Legg/Johnson City Press)

Carver Recreation Center hosted its annual Back to School Bash on Thursday night at Legion Pool.

To celebrate students’ return to class, the party included a $1 swim, a free hot dog and hamburger cookout, a bouncy house and inflatable slide, DJ music and dancing with T.J. Delaney, a cornhole toss, hula-hoop and basketball and the distribution of basic school supplies to help get the kids started.

Open to the entire community, the party attracted about 200 children, parents and grandparents.

Food and school supplies for the bash were purchased by the rec center with donations from its director, Herb Greenlee, the local NAACP, the Parks and Recreation Department, the Johnson City Police Department, Buck Johnson’s Ice Cream and the Ron and Nancy Hodge family.

Dr. Enuf and Pepsi provided drinks. Jack Bradley brought out two of his Jump and Slide Inflatables. The Washington County Health Department’s TENNderCare Program passed out kid-friendly health and safety information.

Greenlee, who spent the evening manning the grill, said the rec center’s staff and volunteers were prepared to feed between 400 and 500 people.

Carver Rec Program Director Tamara Foster said bags of schools supplies — pens, pencils, crayons, paper, folders, spiral notebooks and more — were packed for up to 300 students.

“There’s more than enough,” Greenlee said.

On the purpose of the celebration and his own contribution of the lion’s share of the food and the work that went into its preparation, Greenlee said, “I came up through the ranks and people always helped me. So, as they say, ‘give back.’ ”

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