Sundays In The Park Program Keeps Kids In School

By Emily Dwire - 21Alive
By Rachel Martin - 21Alive

August 11, 2013 Updated Aug 11, 2013 at 6:43 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) – Encouraging kids to get off to a good start for the school year. That's what the local NAACP Chapter, along with IPFW, Ivy Tech, and Indiana Tech are doing.

The groups set up shop at Memorial Park for the Back to School, Stay in School program as part of their Sundays in the Park event.

The event featured activities like academic readiness and success strategies workshops. Organizers say they want to encourage students, especially those heading into high school, to get a positive start.

“It's the first time they'll be having to earn credits in order to move to the next grade level and so if they don't get those credits then they fall behind and they aren't able to graduate in four years. So it’s extremely important that they get their study habits and all those things under control, be cognizant of the classes they're taking, and make sure that they're doing a good job all the way through,” said Debra Faye Williams-Robbins, the event Committee Chair.

The NAACP will be holding Sundays in the Park all the way through August. The Back to School, Stay in School event runs through 9 p.m. Sunday.

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