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Back to School Rally planning under way
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Three young men take a break from the heat during the 2007 Back to School Rally by enjoying one of the water slides setup in Riceboro's Briar Bay Park. This year's rally is scheduled to take place on July 12. - photo by Photo by Andrea Washington
Project Reach G.A.N.G. Inc.'s annual Back to School Rally is more than a month away, but organizers are spreading the word early, hoping to bring in an even larger crowd than normal.
G.A.N.G. (God's Anointed Now Generation), a local nonprofit youth organization, is in its 11th year of hosting the event, which draws an estimated 2,500 children and their families to Riceboro's Briar Bay Park. It is one of the last summer events in the county for students and their parents to enjoy a carefree Saturday before returning to homework and exams.
The 2008 rally is scheduled to take place July 12 and will feature guest speakers, community leaders, education booths, school supplies, health checks, games, rides, entertainment, horseback riding, refreshments and much more.
To go along with this year's theme, "Hoops and Alley Oops for Education," the special guest will be former Harlem Wizards basketball player Buffy Coleman of the Buffy Coleman Basketball Show.
The event is free and open to all ages.
G.A.N.G. Executive Director Lavonia LeCounte, in a letter to community members, said there is still time for local businesses and groups to signup for booth spaces in the park "to give out resource information and school supplies" free of charge. The deadline to secure booth spacing is June 30.
For more information on G.A.N.G., the rally or setting up a booth, call LeCounte at 977-3951 or e-mail

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