A Community Shares Day in Scarboro on Saturday featured hands-on science and children’s activities, HIV and bone marrow testing, and voter registration and a bereavement area for former neighborhood residents.
“We try to create time where we can all come together and sit down in fellowship,” said John Spratling, president of Team Investment Group Inc., an event co-sponsor. “This brings out the positive in Scarboro.”
About 200 people attended Saturday’s 10th annual event at the Scarboro Community Center, said Barbara Spratling, John Spratling’s sister and recreation program supervisor for the city of Oak Ridge, also an event co-sponsor.
The science stations included a density experiment called “Sink or Swim,” and T-shirt chromatography, where chemical reactions revealed different colors, said Rosanne Smith of Knoxville, a Y-12 National Security Complex employee and member of the Oak Ridge Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., another event co-sponsor.
Sorority chapter member Clara Gordon said the bone marrow testing is very important for African-Americans because more samplings are needed. Bone marrow testing results collected from cheek swabs are placed into registries, where they can be used to check for transplant compatibilities. Bone marrow transplants can be used to combat leukemia, sickle cell anemia, and other life-threatening diseases.