The Magnolia Gardens Community Development Corporation (MGCDC) partnered with Carter G. Woodson Elementary School for their inaugural back to school giveaway.
Nearly two hundred book bags were donated to youth from the surrounding community. The event featured vendors, health screenings and snack booths. Parents also received assistance with school uniforms to prepare students for school on day one.
For several years MGCDC had discussed the potential of partnering with Carter G. Woodson and that vision finally became a reality for the 2018-2019 school year. But Magnolia Gardens isn’t ending their support with back to school supplies, the organization plans on volunteer at the school throughout the year.
Goals include providing after school tutoring and financial support to assist with annual standardized test readiness. MGCDC has been in existence for 12 years and is operated by local residents who have a mission of redeveloping the neighborhood. The other items on their community renewal agenda include cleaning vacant lots and promoting property and land for sale to first time homebuyers. “New homes and families breathe new life into older neighborhoods,” said Carolyn Herring.
Once a thriving community, Magnolia Gardens is a neighborhood in transition. Located off of Edgewood and Avenue B on the northside, the Associations goal is to alleviate crime, dilapidated housing and food desserts. “We plan to change the dynamics and begin to make Magnolia Gardens thrive again,” said Herring. “Our parents lived here and we went to school here. These children and our neighbors need our support.”