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Back-to-school dinner offered Sunday, new scholarship available

July 31, 2014

By Will Nations

A back-to-school dinner is being offered by organizers Sherell Griffin-Drake and Trina Davidson-Brooks through the Brooks Institute of Marital Arts at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Bryan Union Hall in West Point. The event, free to the public, includes West Point School District Superintendent Burnell McDonald as a guest speaker along with the Town Creek Missionary Baptist Church Praise Team serving as musical guests, according to Griffin-Drake and Davidson-Brooks.
“We want people to understand that the Brooks Institute is more than an outlet of martial arts,” Griffin-Drake said. “There are so many students that we want to help get their school year started.”
This is the first time that Griffin-Drake and Davidson-Brooks have held the event. WPSD begins classes Wednesday, Aug. 6. Oak Hill Academy and Hebron Christian School return on Friday, Aug. 8.
The dinner will also serve as a kick off for the Brooks Institute’s newly founded scholarship for high school seniors. Two checks of $500 will be presented at the dinner to be awarded at a later date to two high school seniors. Davidson-Brooks said the scholarship is being offered to students who ordinarily would not be able to receive scholastic funding.

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