MLMS block party welcomes students

Dorchester Banner/Dave Ryan
Students had a chance to get reacquainted and have some fun on Aug. 28, when the staff of Mace’s Lane Middle School threw a block party on Greenwood and Cosby avenues. From the left are Talor Brooks, Cincere Gibson, Ja’Mariya George, Shyne Robinson and Amia Batson.

CAMBRIDGE — Who says kids aren’t excited about school?

There were loads of smiles and plenty of energy Aug. 28 when students and their families attended Mace’s Lane Middle School’s Welcome Back Block Party. Held at the corner of Cosby and Greenwood avenues, the event featured music, dancing, games, face painting and a special contribution from a local Christian group.

“A big, huge thank you to Living Water Ministry for the hundreds of book bag donations and the face painting supplies,” a statement from the school said. The fully loaded book bags arrived in a truck, and were spread out on tables for students to take.

The ministry was one of several organizations that helped make the party a success. School administrators also expressed their gratitude to The Robin Hood Shop in Cambridge and Cathy Guillion; Zion United Methodist Church and Karla Wilkins; St. Paul’s United Methodist Church Thrift Store, Rosalie Dolan and Karen Towers; and DCPS Retired Teachers’ Book Depot and Ruth Clendaniel.

Hundreds turned out to enjoy the summer weather and all the fun. Hot food was cooked on a portable grill, snow cones were passed to eager hands, and friends spent time with one another.

Joe Kelly of Living Water Ministry posted, “What a privilege to be apart of the village that rebuilds the city.”

The party was one of many back-to-school events that took place last week across Dorchester County. Children and parents met teachers, toured schools and received supplies from a number of donors.

“Yes, it was great, really helpful,” Crystal Cornish posted. “I thank everyone that helped the school ‑ the ministry, everyone. I’m just a proud Mace’s Lane parent and the block party was amazing.”

Dave Ryan is editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at dryan@newszap.com.

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