Students let loose after working hard

Published 8:19 am Wednesday, June 3, 2015

A little rain shower couldn’t dampen enthusiasm at Sunday’s End of School Year Bash at the Avenue B Sports Complex.

The event was sponsored by Smiley’s Inflatables and Primerica Insurance Co.

Primerica agent and Smiley’s Inflatables owner Dana Walker estimated just over 300 children attended the free event. They enjoyed chicken, baked beans, cotton candy, popcorn and snowballs. Entertainment included a live DJ, jumpers, children’s cartoon characters and water slides.

Rain forced the event to start some 40 minutes later than the 2 p.m. scheduled start.

“We started out a little weary due to the storm, but I continued to pray for it to be a successful event for the kids,” Walker said. “Smiley’s workers and Primerica agents worked very diligently to give back to the community. I thought it was an awesome day for the kids getting wet and playing with their classmates, family and friends.”

Central Elementary student Ken’Trevious Harrison said it was a fun day all the way around despite the rain.

“I had fun going down the water slide. I like how they had the food for free,” Harrison said. “It was a good time to get out.”

Roderick Robinson agreed.

“With all the water slides and cotton candy, it was good to get everything free because its’ always good to give something back to the community,” Robinson said.

Primerica agents spoke to the children about having an enjoyable and safe summer. Primerica agents at the event also included Glennis McKelphin Jr., Tiffany Rayford, Chiietra Brown, Lonnie Magee, Ashley Douglas-Berry, Michelle Douglas and Jamal Richmond.

“The Primerica agents walked around and talked to the parents about the importance of life insurance and investing for the kids’ future,” Walker said. “They spoke to the kids about how to stay safe over the summer, staying active and staying away from any illegal activity.”

Walker said the smiles on the children’s faces said it all.

“I enjoy giving back to the community because it’s important to put smiles on the kids’ faces. We need to show them we love them, support them and care about them,” Walker said. “I was always taught it was better to give than receive. I challenge all businesses in Bogalusa — large and small — to give back.”