Weather delays V-GAP event
The opening event for the Vance Gang Awareness Partnership was delayed by rain on Thursday and has been tentatively rescheduled for Thursday, Oct. 24.
The major motion picture “Freedom Writers” was planned to be shown at the Raleigh Road Outdoor Theatre. The bad weather prevented the projector used to show the film from being brought outside, according to Lt. Irvin Robinson of the Henderson Police Department.
Kanika Turrentine, chairman of V-GAP, said that she would need to get input from her group, a subcommittee of the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council chapter for Henderson, before confirming Oct. 24.
“We’re looking to reschedule within the next two weeks, on a Thursday,” Turrentine said. “We are looking at the 24th, but that’s not confirmed.”
In a pinch, it could be moved up to this Thursday. Both Turrentine and Robinson urged people to stay tuned for an announcement, hopefully early in the week.
“We have a lot of people who are excited about this,” Turrentine said.
To keep on schedule for a lineup of gang awareness events through the fall, “we want to have the movie night before October is over with,” Robinson said.
A Nov. 21 forum gathering is planned. In December, four forum gatherings are planned, each aimed for a more localized discussion at a different downtown church.
Freedom Writers is a 2007 film based on a true story about a young teacher who seeks to instill inspiration and hope in at-risk students challenged by such hardships as gang violence and loss.
Turrentine said “Freedom Writers” puts on the big screen many elements of what students everywhere, including Vance County, are dealing with when gang pressures affect their ability to thrive in school.
More movie events are also in the works, according to Turrentine. She said that praying for good weather is an important part of the planning process.
V-GAP partners include law enforcement agencies, Vance County Schools, churches and business such as the Raleigh Road Outdoor Theatre.
V-GAP was formed in response to strategy recommendations that came from the grant-funded 2010 Gang Assessment Survey done in Vance County.
Turrentine is also CEO of Infinite Possibilities, Inc., which works with teens and single mothers.
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