Rockford church hosts back to school youth celebration

ROCKFORD (WREX) —Freedom “A Church Without Walls” wraps up summer vacation and gears up for school by loving on the community.

“Community needs to understand that the leaders of the community actually care and love on the community,” said Herbert Johnson, pastor at Freedom “A Church Without Walls”.

That love looks like 500 people all coming together at Washington Park for an annual celebration. The event aimed to foster education and build relationships for both in and outside the classroom.

“And so we’re advocating for education and how important it is for our students to remain focused and also be safe during the school year,” said Johnson.

Advocating for education comes in many forms. Local drum and drill instructors say seeing their students motivated in school can carry over into their music.

“Giving the kids another option of activities to be involved in rather than being engaged in some of those negative activities in the community,” said Steven Jordan a leader in Rise Up Inc. The Marching Phoenixes.

The event allowed kids to have fun and show off their dancing skills. Leaders say these same kids are able to connect with resources they may need during the school year.

“Entertain the crowd but showing them that hey, this is your kids, from your neighborhood, from your area. This is some good things that they can do and encourage other kids that they can come out and join in too,” said Jordan.

The event encouraged kids in the Rockford community to stay involved, stay in school and stay safe.

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