School supplies will be given away to attendees. Entertainment and food vendors will also be present.
Although the celebration is the first one of its type at the facility, the community center has been open for quite some time.
Randy Greenfield, an active Zion Baptist Church member, said that it hoped that this event informs the community of what the center has to offer residents.
“The center is going on about three years of being open,” he said. “Basically, Pastor Lee has been [at the church] for about 15 years. His vision was to build something for the seniors and the kids.”
The result was eight grueling years of fundraising to make the center a reality.
Features of the community center include a full basketball court, which could double as an area for volleyball or kickball games, a conference room and a full kitchen.
“It is very versatile,” Greenfield said in terms of the space. “We can hold concerts, banquets and church services there. In fact, a few churches have already come and held services there.”
Greenfield said the Back to School event is one of many signs that the community center is headed in the right direction for being a resource for residents.
“I think the goal of the actual center itself is just now starting to move and get really into the community,” he said. “We do a food pantry out of there, just finished up a summer camp, have the Christian basketball league, [as well as] Girl and Boy Scouts coming through there.”
Greenfield also said in the future the center could be a site for disaster relief.
“The gym area is prepared to hold as many people as necessary,” he said. “Hampton is a small town. [The community center] is important because it will be the focal point and meeting place.”