Meadowview Apartment community celebrated its Third annual end-of-school-year carnival Saturday.
The event was planned and coordinated by Katie Bennett and Kali Williams, two Americorps volunteers who run an after school program in the community. Many residents also participated in the planning.
Events were scheduled from late morning to mid-afternoon. Children and adults participated in a bike parade, sack race, tug of war, hula hoop and jump rope contests, cake walk, and dance contest. Kids also enjoyed ladder gold, horse shoes, face painting, snow cones, and a rock wall.
“When I was a kid, I would have loved a rock wall. Days like today are the ones you remember,” said Kenneth Meadows, a resident that helped organize the event.
“I helped because I believe we need to give back to our community and provide leadership to our youth. Kids just love this stuff,” Meadows added.
Carilion Health was present and provided free health screenings and information to interested residents. Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office and Pulaski Fire and Rescue participate as well. The New River Valley Agency on Aging was on hand with informational materials.
Member One Federal Credit Union was present to open long-term savings accounts for youth and provided them with the initial $10 deposit. Tara Fowles also provided free chair massages.
“We love to see the community out having fun. This is also a great way to get valuable information on banking, nutrition, and senior services to these residents,” said Eric Bucey, the program manager for Meadowview and Pulaski’s Beans and Rice.