Goodbye summer, hello school

North Side Pirates Week Committee hosts Community Fun Day

Dozens of North Side students, parents and siblings enjoyed a final summer fling on Saturday when the Pirates Week Committee hosted the Back to School Community Fun Day at Kaibo Public Beach. 

Organizers provided all of the anticipated ingredients, from snow cones and cotton candy to face painting and a bouncy castle. 

Deejay Oscar Pomare played upbeat music at a volume that did not interfere with conversations as adults kept watchful eyes on children playing along the shoreline. 

Keswick “Junior” McKenzie and Patrick Whittaker manned the grill, ensuring that hot dogs and hamburgers helped replenish youthful energies along with cupcakes, chips and sodas. 

The highlight of the afternoon was the distribution of free school supplies. Committee members handed out colorful bags of materials. Students formed orderly lines according to age and gender, in a fitting precursor to the school routine just ahead. 

Committee Chairman Marilyn Hines thanked everyone for the cooperation that made the event possible. 

Members behind the scenes and on the beach included Felisiana Ebanks, Chelena Simmonds, Alex Johnson, Jay Ebanks, Junior McKenzie and Jeff Ebanks. 

Students line up to receive bags of school supplies put together and distributed by committee members, from right, Alex Johnson, Felisiana Ebanks, Marilyn Hines and Jay Ebanks. - PHOTOS: CAROL WINKER

Students line up to receive bags of school supplies put together and distributed by committee members, from right, Alex Johnson, Felisiana Ebanks, Marilyn Hines and Jay Ebanks. – PHOTOS: CAROL WINKER

Chelena Simmonds retrieves bags of school supplies for older students as Marilyn Hines double-checks the contents.

Chelena Simmonds retrieves bags of school supplies for older students as Marilyn Hines double-checks the contents.

A new generation enjoys the traditional game.

A new generation enjoys the traditional game.
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