Summer Bash is a ‘step in the right direction’

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Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
When Kayla Davis founded the non-profit organization A Step in the Right Direction in 2019, the westside native said it was created with multiple missions in mind. Its primary mission was to help the homeless and formerly incarcerated transition back into the community and find employment, while its secondary mission focused on giving back to the community where she grew up. Last year, the organization hosted a back-to-school backpack giveaway where they donated 175 backpacks to area children and this year they hosted the first Summer Bash, sponsored by CareSource to offer children and their families food, fun and entertainment within their neighborhood. Here, Ivory Davolio spins cotton candy for a growing crowd of spun-sugar fans at Westgate Park on June 20.
Armin Perez, 6, and his sister Sheili Perez, 7, enjoy the bounce house and obstacles course.
Keith Martin, a chef at the Grand Event Center in Columbus, and volunteer Tina Graves make sure the burgers do not get too “well done” at the grilling center.
Carter Snyder, 8, is full of concentration as he puts the finishing touches on his beaded bracelet. The crafting table was set up by the non-profit community arts organization Wild Goose Creative.

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