ROSEBORO — In the fall, Gilbert Owens is looking forward to local senior citizens having a fun-filled day along with local youths.
The Senior/Youth Day is scheduled for Friday, Oct.2. A portion of Railroad Street in front of the Roseboro Nutrition Site, will be blocked off for the event. From 9 a.m. through 12:30 p.m. close to 20 vendors are scheduled to attend. Some of them include the University of North Carolina Kidney Center and the Sampson Community College Nursing School.
“During the time we’ll have vendors giving out information and giving free services and exams,” said organizer Gilbert Owens.
After lunch is served in the afternoon, the North Carolina Cooperative Extension will present a class titled “Better Choices.” It focuses on healthy cooking, eating habits and exercising. Free samples of food will be available during the class to demonstrate ways to reduce sugar and salt intake.
From 3:15 to 5:30 p.m. a dance and a football pep rally will be held for Lakewood High School students. Owens said players, cheerleaders and students were invited to attend the event.
“We want everyone to come out and support the football team,” Owens said.
Unlike previous years, the upcoming celebration will be the first time youths will be involved. Door prizes will be distributed as well.
“I think more can be done and more should be done for the youth in this community,” Owens said about the event, which previously focused on senior citizens and other occasions in the town. “A lot that we do in this town is not geared towards the youth.”
Owens alluded to how the event is a way to show appreciation for not only senior citizens, but for youths as well.
“Our youth sometimes are taken for granted,” he said. “We want them to know they’re not forgotten.”
Later during the evening, around 6 p.m., the event will conclude with a bingo event.
The event will be funded by various sponsors including the town of Roseboro and local businesses such as Butler Funeral Home, Butler & Sons Funeral Home, Piggly Wiggly, Food Lion and Railroad Street Steakhouse.
“This event is going to be bigger than what we did during the last two years,” Owens said about adding the youth aspect to the event.
With preparation underway, Owens is looking for volunteers to assist during the day of the event. For more information, email Owens at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 910-379-4562.
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