For immediate release:
Aug. 24, 2016
INDIANAPOLIS–State Rep. Vernon G. Smith (D-Gary) said the 2016 Back-to-School Jamboree will be held from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., on Saturday, Sept. 17, on the Indiana University Northwest (IU Northwest) campus.
“The Back-to-School Jamboree is an event that energizes students as they enter a new year of adventure in school,” said Dr. Smith, who is an education professor at IU Northwest. “South African President Nelson Mandela, whose words continue to live beyond his earthly existence, wisely said, ‘Without education, your children can never really meet the challenges they will face. So, it’s very important to give children education and explain that they should play a role for their country.’
“Children in our communities can become leaders, like Presidents Barack Obama and Nelson Mandela, but they must obtain a good education, as these great men did,” continued Dr. Smith. “But education must be seen as a great adventure that opens the wonders of the universe for those who are curious. The Back-to-School Jamboree seeks to excite young people about learning, so they may meet challenges to achieve their fullest potential and make a difference in the world around them.”
Dr. Smith said the Back-to-School Jamboree will feature activities for students of all ages, including the always popular, three-on-three basketball tournament. The contest will take place from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. in Savannah Hall Gymnasium on the IU Northwest campus. Dr. Smith urged teams to register early to secure a position. The early registration fee is still only $30. Application forms can be obtained by visiting the Beautiful Things store at 3570 Village Court in Gary or by calling Dr. Smith at 887-2046.
The film festival is scheduled from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. inside Savannah Hall Auditorium. Dancing will be from noon - 5 p.m. with a DJ providing the music. Additionally, there will be a dance contest, a Double Dutch Jump Rope competition and a video game tournament.
Face painting, finger painting, and a drawing contest will be offered for the younger children.
Area agencies will have exhibit booths and pass out information about what those organizations offer students. Booths will be available for rental to groups that offer youth services or have products to sell. Dr. Smith may be contacted at 887-2046 for additional information about booth rentals.
The Jamboree is sponsored by Dr. Smith; the African-American Achievers Youth Corps, Inc.; the I.U. Dons, Inc.; Indiana University Northwest; Haywood & Flemings Associates Insurance Agency; the Gary Crusader; the 411 News; Geminus Corporation; Fresh County Market; King Milan Barber Shop; Familia Dental; the Indiana Commission on the Social Status of Black Males; and the Indiana Civil Rights Commission.