Rep. Harold Love held his regular Back to School, Healthy Start Festival at Hadley Park on Saturday. “This is our 6th year, and each year it get’s bigger and better, “Love said.“ We started this program when the Mayor’s Office stopped hosting the back to school event.
“I recognized the need to give our children a boost going back to school and more importantly to let them know that we care about them and that we love them.”
Why was Hadley Park selected as the location to host the event?
“Hadley Park is and always will be a rich part of the African American community and a place where I grew up as a child,” said Rep. Love. “North Nashville means so much to me, and it is important that we keep positive events in the North Nashville community.
“I was taught to give back and this event to me is one of my greatest accomplishments and participations—to assist our children in receiving a good education is important.”
Lorraine Stallworth, coordinator of the event, has been working with the Festival since it’s inception.
“We will be surprised at the children who will start the school year without adequate supplies, and our goal is to make sure that all students have the necessary supplies at the beginning of the school years,” said Stallworth.
The Festival provided book bags, pencils paper and other supplies for the students. There were also several vendors, entertainers and great food at the festival with a special appearance by the Pearl Cohn Marching Band
“We would like to thank Advance Financial, Tyson Foods, the office of state Rep. Harold Love, Atter Creek Church, Lee Chapel and many other supporters who helped make this event possible,” said Stallworth.