Jasper — On Thursday, July 3, the kids at the H.O.P.E. (Helping Our People Excel) Summer Program in White Springs got an early start on the July 4th celebration with a barbecue cook-out and an inspirational and patriotic presentation.
About 60 children are enrolled in the summer program and they were all excited to take part in the Independence Day celebration on the lawn of South Hamilton Elementary School where the program is being held during summer vacation.
At the last minute, however, the festivities had to be moved inside when dark clouds, strong winds, thunder, lightning and rain attempted to put a damper on the celebration. It didn't dampen the kids' spirits, though, as they proudly sang a medley of patriotic songs to the delight of family and friends.
Chef Teddy Bear Marshall prepared a scrumptious meal for everyone that included juicy barbecued chicken and yummy baked potatoes, along with drinks and dessert.
From everyone at the H.O.P.E. Summer Program, “Happy 4th of July!” Be sure to check out the video for a sampling of patriotic songs by the H.O.P.E. kids.