CLINTON — Melenee Mack knows the importance of community groups such as the Vinson H. Jetter Community Center.
A mother of four, Melenee has spent a long time with the community center, as well as the Felix Adler Children’s Discovery Center. She feels the community center provides support to children to help them resist drugs, crime and any other stumbling blocks that may enter their lives.
“Get them involved in something, something to keep them positive, something to keep them going because there’s a lot of negativity out there and it is easy for kids to get swept up,” Melenee said.
Having had her oldest son when she was 16, 34-year-old Melenee knows how important it is to have support. She also believes children need to have time to play and have fun, instead of rushing into adulthood.
She said children seem to grow up much faster than when she was a youth in Clinton.
“Just live life and have fun,” Melenee said.
Working at Swiss Colony and raising her children, Melenee still takes time to volunteer at community events. She helps with the pumpkin patch event at Halloween and the soul food dinner in the winter.
Today, she will be one of many putting on the community center’s annual back-to-school event. The event, held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Clinton Park, will feature school supplies handed out to between 300 and 400 children. The event also features crafts, games, face painting and other activities.
Melenee’s favorite parts of working the event are interacting with children and providing school supplies. As a mother, she knows how expensive the items can be.
“Seeing all the little kids’ smiling faces and knowing they’re going back to school with pencils, paper, notebooks,” Melenee said. “Knowing they’re going back to school with everything on that supply list is breathtaking.”
For more information about the community center, contact Melenee at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dina White at (563) 212-6775.
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