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Pigskin and Partners event puts spotlight on Pitts Street community Friday evening

A neighborhood block party will help put the spotlight on a community targeted for revitalization by the City of Thomson and McDuffie County.

Organized by McDuffie County Partners for Success, "Pigskins and Partners" will be held at the Pitts Street park and will feature food, fun and fellowship, said PFS Executive Director Miriam Smith.

"The city and county can address the aesthetic and infrastructure needs of the community - the buildings, the roads and those sorts of things," she said. "But Partners can address problems inside the home and begin making vital changes from the inside out. The collaboration of the two is really needed in order to see true success in that neighborhood."

Thomson's Dairy Queen is catering the event, which is free and lasts from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Along with local leaders, several of the players from the Danny Verdun Wheeler Football Camp are expected to be a part of the event.

"Danny has been great through this whole process," Mrs. Smith said. "He's so committed to helping the youth of our community, and that is wonderful to see."

The idea began to take shape in the weeks after the 2009 class of Leadership McDuffie completed a pergola at the Pitts Street park. Two children from the area - Davis and Tinasha Brown - helped build the structure and asked for more activities.

Mrs. Smith said she hopes the event will help people learn more about the Pitts Street area, especially since Thomson and McDuffie County's "Communities of Opportunity" grant will be focused on the neighborhood.

"The residents and local leaders have already started making efforts to clean up the area and make it a better place for healthy, stable families," Mrs. Smith said. "To make those plans as successful as possible will take a committed effort from the entire community. Through this event, people will be able to put a face with those changes and have a tangible reason to support the improvements."

Also during the event, Partners for Success will be collecting items for their inaugural Pencils and Partners drive, which is aimed at gathering school supplies to be distributed to local children.

Web posted on Thursday, July 09, 2009

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