NOLA.com - West 30s Task Force continues to improve lives of those in community

Sunday, May 13, 2018

By Ann Benoit

The West 30s Task Force is a private initiative to bring a better quality of life to the residents of the West 30’s area in Covington.

The West 30s is generally defined as northeast West 25th and west of North Collins Boulevard from its intersection with East Kirkland Street to where it meets North Columbia Street. The West 30s house approximately 20 percent of the population of the city of Covington in its 340 homes, over 50 percent of which are rentals.

The Northshore food bank provided BBQ to go with the fun and the Dazzling Diamond Dancers performed to an appreciative crowd.

Mrs. Frances Dunn’s Boys and Girls Club of Covington booth was a flurry of activities and freebies for the children.

While you may know that West 30s’ resident Mrs. Dunn was the first African-American female member of the Covington Council, did you know she also was the valedictorian of the last graduating class of the historic Covington Rosenwald school?

Noelle Williams and Tanya DiMaggio of the St. Tammany Parish Library signed children up for the summer reading program.

The LSU Ag Center with County Agent Will Afton, “the Dan Gill of St. Tammany” shared seeds, while Eracism Northshore had free books for kids.
Deryl Wicks, Cynthia Chester-Washington and Sally Alvarez of Eracism Northshore also had tips for kids on how to deal with racism and how to recover from hurtful words and actions.

Patricia Stout and Diane Castell of The Women’s Center in Abita Springs offered resources and prepackaged Oreo and Nutterbutters to keep in your pocket and very popular donuts to eat onsite.

Local musician and activist Hubert Cyprian provided music for the event.
Mayor Mike Cooper and Councilman Larry Rolling visited with lots of friends and acquaintances.

West 30s resident and Pineview Middle School teacher and coach Charles Agar played basketball with lots of his students.

LaToya Porter of Walk with Me Community Improvement Center was on hand to explain the services offered by her agency.

Annie Spell and her husband Doyle Spell, Tiffany Cyprian, Shannon Burkhalter and Jaimie Baham encouraged voter registration.

Bike Easy discussed its Walk & Roll to School Week with Pine View Middle School scheduled for May 14-18 in conjunction with the Safe Routes to School national partnership. Known for healthy living, St. Tammany Parish had the Tammany Trace and other dedicated bike routes 25 years before the rest of the state.

Sponsors for the event included Jill Aucoin, Columbia House Seafood, John Callahan, Frances Dunn, Bo Elzy, Faith Baptist Church, Golden Corral, Sandra Joslyn, New Orleans Pest Control, Parish President Pat Brister, Keren Peymani, Starlight Baptist Church, Kim & Mark Wright, Calvin Watkins, DJ, and the West 30s Community Task Force members.

For more information about the West 30s Community Task Force visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/West30taskforcecovington/.

Ann Benoit can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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