MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

August 28, 2013

Party’s planners promote schooling

Organizer cites his experience as benefit of education

By Cathy Spaulding
Phoenix Staff Writer

— Two Muskogee brothers say a Back to School Bash set for Saturday is their way of giving back to the community.

Dathan Brooks, said his brother, Carnelle, came up with the idea for the bash, but he wanted to help.

“I love kids, and I always wanted to give back to the community, let the kids have a good time,” said Carnelle Brooks, who owns Brooks Detailing.

The Bash will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Elliott Park.

Free hot dogs and cold drinks will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The bash also will feature drawings for 50 backpacks. Angel’s Care Home Health is set to offer free cardiac assessments. The event also will have face painting, a dunk tank, a jumping booth and music from a live disc jockey.

Carnelle Brooks said he’s noticed that a lot of children in the area do not have fathers or other support.

“I want to encourage them to stay in school,” he said. “When I was in school, we didn’t have the opportunity to have some encouragement. I want to encourage them to do something for the community.”

Brooks said he worked hard to get himself on track and now owns a business.

“It was just working hard, dedication and perseverance to do better for myself,” he said, adding that he’s had the detailing business for about two years.

Brooks said he and Dathan Brooks put money together to put on the Bash. They also got businesses to help.

“The backpacks are donated,” Carnelle Brooks said.

Dathan Brooks also owns a business, Brooks Electric.

Reach Cathy Spaulding at (918) 684-2928 or cspaulding@muskogeephoenix.com.

If you go

WHAT: Back to School Bash.

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Elliott Park on Altamont Street, north of Sadler Arts Academy, 800 Altamont St.

EVENTS: Free hot dogs and beverages until 1 p.m. Face painting and other games.