The Reset Center’s Executive Director Pam Leeper is doing all she can to change perceptions about 42nd Street and Post Road in Lawrence.
The Reset Center, which opened earlier in the fall at 4330 N. Post Rd., is a new organization that provides resources, day care options, events and other services. This month, Leeper came up with the idea to hold a days-long carnival at the space.
“It was a great community event,” Leeper said.
Leeper passed out approximately 1,400 wristbands to three Indianapolis Public Schools. Outreach coordinators at each school then distributed them to kids in need. The wristbands allowed the kids to participate in the carnival games for free.
Originally planned to be a fundraiser, the carnival raised approximately $1,000 through game passes and food sales.
“It didn’t raise that much money, but it was a great community event,” Leeper said. “One of the things we are trying to do is change how people view that 42nd and Post area, so why not have a carnival?”
The Reset Center planned the carnival in two weeks. Leeper estimates there were approximately 3,000 visitors. She said The Reset Center plans to have another carnival in May 2020.
“Saturday night turned into a date night for teenagers,” she said. “It’s also a common thing the kids can talk about. They had a common, positive experience they can all talk about.”