Southside group to host end-of-summer party for kids

Kingston Arkadie-Anderson plays on the Slip ‘N Slide during a summer block party organized by the Southside Community Coalition. The group is hosting another event Saturday to mark the end of summer break for Victoria kids.

Kids in Victoria will get to mark the end of summer with a morning of activities in a Southside Victoria neighborhood.

The Southside Community Coalition, a new group working to invest in the historic Victoria neighborhood, is hosting the event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Kids can gather outside F.W. Gross Elementary School to learn new skills, play games and get a healthy meal from volunteers.

Kids will get to rotate between four stations at the end-of-summer bash, said Bethany Castro, who helped create the coalition. The stations will include sports and relay races, a healthy food and snack demonstration with Sara Vela of Vela Farms, arts and crafts and a station where kids can build their ideal communities using cardboard boxes.

The morning will finish in the fellowship hall at Bethlehem Baptist Church, where the kids will get to-go plates with the food they made during the healthy food demonstration.

Adults or high school students who are interested in volunteering can contact Castro to learn more.

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