Monday evening in Nacogdoches the organizers of Making a Difference held their back to school event. Fun was the top of their agenda with food, music and activities for kids. Also right up there was awareness for a forgotten historical monument in Nacogdoches ISD.
"The more we can do in our community, the better our community will always be," Amy Goodwin a voting staff member said.
Dozens of East Texans came out to Ritchie Street Park for the ninth annual Back to School - Labor Day event.
"We try to do it every year for the kids who don't have the opportunity to leave the neighborhood," Damion Yarbough, M.A.D member said.
This year something new was added, the M.A.D organization offered the opportunity for East Texans to register to vote. Some organizers believe voting will help make a difference in this year's local elections.
"I think in our community we have a lack in going out and voting," Yarbough said.
"Your vote is your voice especially in local elections like bond elections in makes a difference in your community," Goodwin said.
There's one issue in particular that concerns the community leaders.
"What we're trying to do is focus on Emeline Carpenter because it's in a black community," Yarbough said. "It's been neglected for like the last ten years."
This year is proof that if and first you don't succeed, you try again.
The last bond election was short by two hundred and fifty votes," Yarbough said. "I think if we focus and come together as a community we can make a change."