Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Summer Fest on the Hill Top

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Summer Fest on the Hill Top

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A tree-shaded lot off Blanding Boulevard in the Hill Top

neighborhood was the scene Tuesday of an international festival

of sorts.

Japanese geishas, Brazilian girls, Jamaican boys, Frenchmen and

a group of Israeli children sang, danced and recited poetry for

an audience of parents, siblings and grandparents.

Actually, the cast members weren't visiting from abroad. They

were local girls and boys participating in Hill Top Heritage

Development Inc.'s Summer Enrichment Program Extravaganza.

The non-profit organization, headed by Maude Jackson and her

son, David Ham, chose an international theme for the event,

which required children to study other nations and give oral

reports on them.

"These children did a wonderful job researching the culture,

language and history of the various countries represented here

today," said Ham, a real estate agent who helps his mother put

on the summer program.

Jackson, founder of Hill Top Heritage Development, has often

said her goal is to provide a safe and wholesome atmosphere for

children in the community. She also runs a day-care center

during the school year.

Though there was no preaching from the pulpit, heads were bowed

in prayer at the start of Tuesday's program, followed by a song:

"This is the day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be

glad in it."

An anti-drug theme also was introduced by Shannon Barr, summer

counselor and a senior at Middleburg High School, who sang a

song she wrote when she was in eighth grade:

You have to be 100 percent drug-free, if you want to make it

through life safely. Throughout life there will be choices,

whether right or wrong. But stand your ground, you can make it.

You have to be strong.

So, people don't you know that you have to be 100 percent

drug-free, if you want to make it through life safely.

When there's a problem you can't run from it and hide. …

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