Holden Heights-The Orlando Times
I Want To Keep It Short! But I Can't! Let's Talk! You're Ready? You're Sure? About History! Holden Height Community Neighborhood; Opportunity!
BY JIMMIE WILLIAMS
ORLANDO - Do you want to kill a community? Just take away the school and resources? It's done! Is that the plan? To take away any opportunity that this community has of surviving. The Holden Heights community is a home of low income residents. There are all different kinds of nationalities living in Holden Heights. Do you want to take away from their opportunity of being successful in this growing land of opportunity? Our kids need a place to call home and "The Holden Heights" community is supposed to be a complete package including a school, community center, library, healthcare service center, baseball, basketball, soccer and football fields so that our kids will have a place they can call home and be proud of. Grand Avenue School served this community for almost one hundred years. It can still serve for another hundred years, but as the new Nap Ford School. This will give back opportunity to this community. My wife Mrs. Diann Williams also went to Grand Avenue School and she doesn't want to see her Grand Avenue School just go away. The residents of the Holden Heights Community asked, "Mr. Williams why are they taking away the only school for our kids within the community? They said itís making it hard for us to get our kids to school and to after school programs." I, Jimmie Williams, am the President of the Holden Heights Neighborhood Association and as the president itís my job to stand up for the residents and community when it comes to a better quality of life. Having Grand Avenue School reopen will take some of everyday pressures off many of the families. It will offer opportunity and relief for many in need. We are here to help make history, not stop it. Give the kids in Holden Heights the same opportunity as others. Give us back our opportunity to grow, to stand tall, to be strong, to be independent, to be financially stable and to be educated. It started at school "Don't Meet Me There. Beat Me There!" Give us back our heartbeat to our community. Our school along with a Community Center, Library, Health Care, Baseball, Basketball and Soccer fields with an event field in the park. P.S. Are you still there? Okay! Please leave the park like as it is. We as a community need that park as well because our nonprofit organizations host a lot of community events there.