Words by Jenny Lynn Davis | Images by Justin Hunter
The Walker County Sheriff’s Office took a community-focused approach to kickstart the upcoming school year with a Back-to-School Bash held at the Nauvoo Community Center on Tuesday, August 8.
Nauvoo Mayor Terry Burgett spoke of the event’s significance, stating, “The Sheriff came up with the idea for this event, and I was on board because it’s good for our community. If someone presents an idea that can positively impact this community, I’m going to be for it.”
The Back-to-School Bash, which aimed to equip local students for the academic journey ahead, featured a backpack giveaway, made possible through the generous contributions of the Northwest Alabama Mental Health Center and Capstone Health. Attendees were also treated to a variety of enjoyable activities, including a bounce house and games of cornhole, along with free hot dogs, chips, and sodas.
Sheriff Nick Smith further elaborated on the event’s origins, explaining, “We started our neighborhood watch here in Nauvoo about four months ago, and we meet on the second Tuesday of every month. Because school is starting back, we made this month’s gathering about the kids who are going back to school this week. Want the kids to have a chance to see the people who serve their community and help them become more comfortable with law enforcement.” WL