FROM STAFF REPORTS
Students attending Volusia County’s public schools head back to the classroom on Monday, Aug. 18. To ensure that they have one last summer fun day at the park, a Community Unity Festival is scheduled Saturday, Aug. 16.
The day of live music, food and fun for the entire family takes place from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Daisy Stocking Park, 550 Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd.
The festival will include more backpack giveaways form Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry. The distribution is from 9 a.m. to noon. The giveaway is now in its eighth year and is for children ages 5 to 18.
Along with the backpack giveaways, there will be a “Youth on the Move’’ event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring exercise programs, entertainment, games and a deejay sponsored by the Second Avenue Merchants Association. And from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., the adults get to kick back and enjoy. Music for the event for adults 21 and up will be provided by LA Robinson & Streetlife.
Last year, hundreds attended the first festival, also held at Daisy Stocking Park.
Hosted then by Daytona Beach Commissioner Paula Reed, the festival is designed to give residents a family-friendly venue and age-appropriate activities to celebrate summer’s end.
Refreshments also will be available for purchase throughout the day from local Daytona Beach businesses.
Sponsors of the Commnunity Unity Festival are the City of Daytona Beach, PepsiCo, VITAS, Bethune-Cookman University, Second Avenue Merchants Assocaition, Islamic Center of Daytona Beach, Bright House Networks, Brown & Brown Insurance and ASCME.