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Story and photos by Joyce Clemmons.

First Baptist began its partnership with the Cooper School on Martin Luther King Day 2013. Students from the school reciprocated by serving as reading mentors to First Baptist Weekday preschoolers each Thursday. In May FBC honored Cooper’s teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week.

The carnival came to town on May 4th, and it parked at the Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School (AJCES) in Church Hill.

AJCES Spring BashBarkers invited folks to come on in and play! Step right up – get your tattoo! Right this way for face painting! Get the best fish sandwich in town! Climb a tree – you bet, we have your climbing gear ready! Get one of those balloons that Mr. Clown twists into incredible shapes! Shoot some hoops, ring some sodas, pick the winning rubber duck from the pond, spin the wheel and win a whole lot of tickets!

From 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., a couple hundred folks participated in the games and activities at the AJCES Spring Bash. Smiles were exchanged, hugs were traded, and Pastor Jim Somerville and School Head Mike Marusa got into the fun and games along with everyone else.

Prizes were awarded for the high ticket winners and the lucky players had a choice of an array of items – NFL footballs, NBA basketballs, hockey balls, hula hoops, great family games like Scrabble and Parcheesi, books, gift cards, DVDs, and much more.

One of the highlights was a chance for students to throw a pie in the face of an AJCES teacher. Several teachers volunteered, and the aim of the students was phenomenal. Even the local policeman on duty took his turn for the pie throwing fun.

AJCES Spring BashA DJ kept the place rocking for hours with music that filled every inch of that school playground. Information on Habitat for Humanity was available. Delicious homemade baked goods were for sale. Families are Magic gave away precious brown dogs (stuffed, of course). MCV Medical Center, Richmond Metropolitan Hospital, and fire and police departments were available with demonstrations, gifts and excellent advice.

The generosity of the congregation of First Baptist was amazing. More than 100 gifts were donated for the carnival. In addition, about thirty volunteers assisted with the games and prizes and enjoyed the celebration. Even the weather cooperated with sunshine and crisp breezes.

The carnival moved on but the relationship between First Baptist and the Cooper School is here to stay.

Editor’s note: Learn more about the Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School. To serve as a mentor to an AJCES student contact Katye P. Snipes, School Administrator, AJCES, 804.822.6610.

Generosity Team: Lorna Brown, Chuck Dean, Walter Morton, Mark Roane, Joy Townsend, Joyce Clemmons, team leader; Steve Booth, staff liaison.

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