ESNC wel­comes stu­dents back to school

Dorchester Star - - LOCAL - By NATE NKUMBU nnkumbu@ches­pub.com

CAM­BRIDGE — East­ern Shore Net­work for Change or­ga­nized a back-to-school rally to wel­come Sandy Hill Ele­men­tary stu­dents on the first day of school Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Food was served and words of en­cour­age­ment was passed on to stu­dents and par­ents as they ar­rived.

“To­day, we part­nered with the East­ern Shore Net­work for Change to have a back-toschool rally where we in­vited the com­mu­nity, es­pe­cially men and women, and wel­comed back all the chil­dren to Sandy Hill,” said Dorch­ester County Judy Cen­ter Co­or­di­na­tor Chareka Harris. “It served the pur­pose of get­ting stu­dent ex­cited for the first day of school.”

Harris said the help from ESNC al­lowed for a smooth op­er­a­tion.

For Dion Banks, ESNC co­founder, what they saw hop­ping out of the school buses were not only just stu­dents pre­par­ing for the first day of school but fu­ture lead­ers of the com­mu­nity.

“The adults took more away from this than the kids be­cause we saw the fu­ture busi­ness­man, lawyers, politi­cians at the state and lo­cal level, and this helps us un­der­stand who we are do­ing this for,” he said. “One of the things that peo­ple at the rally got united over was be­ing able to have bet­ter schools for the kids be­cause that has been an is­sue for Dorch­ester County for awhile now, with the state rank­ing and all.

“So hav­ing some­one like Chareka, who is a big sup­porter of the East­ern Shore Net­work, is great,” he said. She has ad­vo­cated for im­por­tant pro­grams for kids from birth to 5 to help im­prove the county’s ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem and rep­u­ta­tion.”

The Dorch­ester County Judy Cen­ter is a place where com­mu­nity lead­ers and busi­ness col­lab­o­rate un­der one roof to serve chil­dren and their fam­i­lies. The pro­gram pro­motes school readi­ness from birth to early child­hood and fam­ily sup­port.

The ESNC is an al­lied re­source for ex­ist­ing com­mu­nity based pro­grams, lo­cal gov­ern­ment, so­cial service in­sti­tu­tions, pub­lic schools, higher learn­ing in­sti­tu­tions, the de­part­ment of cor­rec­tions and courts.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact the Judy Cen­ter at 410221-5268, and the East­ern Shore Net­work for Change at 443-521-4498, east­ern­shorenet­work­for­change@gmail.com or on Face­book.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Sandy Hill Ele­men­tary stu­dents were greeted by com­mu­nity mem­bers on the first day of school Tuesday, Sept. 4.

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