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National Make a Difference Day

October 10, 2012

The corps members were up early and fired up to greet everyone at the I’m a Good Kid Too festival (Photo by Jo Reddick).

By Jullian Sims, Corps Member Proudly Serving at Belaire High School

National Make a Difference Day is an annual event dedicated to giving back to the community. Every year nearly 3 million Americans rally together to engage in rigorous service. This is a very important day for City Year. To celebrate it, on Saturday , October 6th, City Year Baton Rouge partnered with the O’Brien House, a rehabilitation facility, to launch the I’m a Good Kid Too festival. It was hosted at BREC’s Gus Young Park. This event took an ample amount of planning and in-kinding to make it successful.

Kids were able to participate in various craft projects, including mask making (Photo by Jo Reddick).

The purpose of the I’m a Good Kid Too festival is to celebrate the good kids of Baton Rouge, to stress the importance of straying from deviant behaviors such as using drugs and committing acts of violence, and to highlight the significance of participating in school. Kids of all ages showed up at the event. There was a large community turn-out and the festival was a blast! It included everything from slam poetry and three on three basketball, to a speech by Mayor Kip Holden. Two of our own corps members, Caleb Pearce and Samantha Wood, served as emcees for the event. Corps member Mahala Miller delivered a captivating and inspiring speech about the importance of education.

Mayor Kip Holden delivered an inspirational message to the crowd (Photo by Jo Reddick).


Mahala shares why education and service is important to her while emcees Caleb and Sam look on (Photo by Jo Reddick).

The event ended with a haunted house that sent children home scared and smiling. In summary, the fun-filled festival was a huge success. The youth of Baton Rouge need to be reminded the importance of good behavior. The festival reached a lot of children and left them inspired and enlightened.

Rob, Mollie, and Jullian enjoyed a great day of service (Photo by Jo Reddick).

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