NAACP hosts educational event for children in Bay St. Louis

BILOXI, Miss. (WLOX) – The Hancock County NAACP Youth and College Division held a “Sunday in the Park” event for families.

The celebration took place at Martin Luther King Park in Bay St. Louis. The Sunday gathering allowed people to stop at the booths and learn about the various programs in the community.

The organizer, Dr. Gregory Barabino, said it was important for them to show children real success stories to motivate them.

“We discussed the issue of school supplies. We’ve talked about giving away notebooks, but I want to touch on the holistic approach to child success, whether it’s mental health or parenting. Whatever those issues, drug intervention,” Barabino said.

Guest speakers with first-hand experience in education also shared valuable insights on topics such as the education gap.

Educator, Jasmine Haynes spoke about the importance of literacy.

“My great-great-grandfather is also from this region. So this is really my community and it’s very important for me to reach out to my community and let them know the importance of literacy because it’s the foundation of all education and all learning,” Haynes said.

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