Frenchtown Getdown


This Saturday prepare to have a good time at the Frenchtown Get Down.


The event is modeled after the Tallahassee Downtown Get Down. And was started by a group of students in Tallahassee.


Naomi Chapman, a student committee member of the event, began to smile when explaining how she and two others came up with the idea.


Chapman, a third-year nursing student, said the idea came about when she, Alexandria Collins, and Anthony X Squared were together. They all wanted to do something to help the community.


The student committee came across a quote, “The service we render others is the rent we pay for our room on earth.”


From there, they began to look within the Tallahassee community and decided that the Frenchtown community would be the best place to start this initiative.


Chapman said she thinks Frenchtown feels forgotten and that is one of the reasons why they chose it.


Danielle Tyrell, a third-year nursing student and volunteer, said it is a great way to give back to the community. She also said it is very important to know what is going on in the community.


The event takes place at the Carter Howell Strong Park from 12-7 p.m.


The community clean up will start it off at 12 p.m.


Then at 1 p.m. there will be seminars on health, finance and mental wellness. Chapman said the concept behind the seminars is to inform the people of Frenchtown.


At 2:30 p.m. there will be a potluck lunch.


From 3:30-5 p.m. there will be a community panel.


Ending the getdown at 5 p.m. to 7p .m. will be a live musical performance featuring After the Smoke as well as other musicians.


Michael Sampson, a political science student at FSU and committee member, said there is a disconnect between black communities and black colleges. As a student activist, he wants to help bridge this gap.