By Lynda Jones
Community spirit, unity and old-fashioned clean fun were evident Friday, Aug. 19, at I. T. Williams Park on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Crockett.
The Crockett Police Department and the Crockett Fire Department hosted a "Back to School Fun Day at the park, with as much fun as they could pack into the three-hour event.
More than 75 children and their parents came to enjoy organized activities with prizes, including a free throw contest, jump rope contest, fastest kid contest and football toss contest.
Garcia Party Rentals provided a bouncy house and water slide that were popular with the youngsters.
Helping to get the children ready for the first day of school, members of the two city departments, with help from Crockett Precinct 4 Councilmember/Mayor Pro Tem Muriel Williams, distributed 50 back packs with school supplies.
Crockett Mayor Robert Meadows and Precinct 2 Councilmember Ray Bruner made donations to the back pack project.
CPD and CFD officers and staff served hotdogs and drinks to the children and their parents. The two departments offer special thanks to Brookshire Bros., Walmart and HEB and Sears for their donations for the event.
Pastor Jeb Dotson, one of CPD's Police Chaplains and pastor of Crockett First Assembly of God Church, also donated drinks, attended and participated at the event.
"Our officers and the firemen were excited to see the great turnout for this event and it felt good to give back a little something to the community that we serve. We want the children that are coming up in our city to know us personally and see that we are here to help them when called upon," CPD Chief David Cross said.