Kids take part in fashion show

Published 9:35 pm Monday, April 8, 2019

There was a bit of fashion fever Saturday at Creekside Recreation Center as kids from its Kid Zone Before and After School Program paraded on stage in front of family and loved ones.

The event was a fundraiser for the March of Dimes, with proceeds from the $5 entry going to the organization.

Shanta Bynum, a recreation specialist with Suffolk Parks and Recreation, said she wanted to put on an event similar to the Increase the Peace Fashion Show that’s held downtown. Many of the 11 kids participating in the event attend the before and after care program at Creekside.

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“For them to do it, they had to sign up for it,” Bynum said. “Some of our kids are actually artistic in the fashion show, and they were able to come out and express themselves, so I was really glad for that.”

Last year, Bynum said they did the event as a talent show, and next year, they’ll try something different in an effort to keep things fresh.

This year, though, it was all about the fashion, and they broke it up into themes, with several outfit changes reflecting themes such as Back in the Day, Black and White and Rep Your Team.

“I think it went very well,” Bynum said.

Khiyah Franklin, 10, a fifth-grader at Pioneer Elementary School, was one of the participants. She said her favorite part was getting dressed up.

“It was fun,” Franklin said. “I really liked it. I liked the Black and White (theme) because it’s really pretty together.”

Franklin’s grandmother, Sandra Mann, said she enjoyed seeing her granddaughter and the other kids taking part.

“It was exciting for them to do that,” Mann said. “It’s good for the kids.”

Ja’Shel Francis, 11, enjoyed the fashion show and the food.

“I liked seeing how I can get the opportunity to show off all the outfits I have at home, and the chicken, too,” Francis said.

“It was nice,” said Nashell Francis. “Creekside Recreation, they always put together real nice events for the kids who go to their before and after care program, so it’s really nice to see them do other things than just being in before and after care.”