The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


July 28, 2012

Actress to stress giving back

Back to school community event

“This will be more than an event; it will be an experience.”

Those are the words of Ruth Catus, coordinator of Heart of God’s 11th Annual Back to School community event, scheduled Aug. 4 from noon to 4 p.m. at Heart of God Ministries, South Kanawha Street, Beckley.

The theme for this year’s event is “Called to Serve.” The aim is to encourage youth, as well as adults, to become involved with service-learning programs to instill a lifelong commitment to service.

One of the highlights of the event will be a recorded message to the youth from Vernee Watson Johnson, better known as Viola “Vy” Smith, the mother of Will Smith’s character in “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.” She will be encouraging youth to give back to their community.

Throughout Smith’s career she has appeared in episodes of “Days of our Lives,” “Desperate Housewives,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Southland,” “Criminal Minds” and other well-known television shows.

Other events will include a rock climbing wall, face painting booth, DUI simulator and cake walk. Drawings will be held throughout the day.

Entertainment will be provided by Jay Critz from Lee University’s Kingdom Players Drama Team; Scott Hill of the American Red Cross; Imani Spradley, former Beckley Idol; Ashley Mitchell, local vocalist; Bopping Heads Dance & Entertainment Videos; and Silhouettes by Paul Coltin will be there.

A plethora of local businesses, religious, civic and service organizations/ agencies will volunteer their expertise and time in various capacities, including disseminating information and providing demonstrations designed to enlighten all participants on how to become healthier, happier, and committed to serve in our community.

Just For Kids will engage the children in activities that demonstrate the importance of giving back at an early age. There will also be a guest appearance by Sweet Frog from the Sweet Frog Yogurt Shop.  

For information, contact Catus at 304-253-7431.


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