In this Aug. 8, 2016, file photo, Nathaniel Bradford, 9, of Bloomington, selects a binder during the Neighborhood Block Party at First Christian Church.


BLOOMINGTON — Students can enjoy the last weekend of summer vacation by receiving free school supplies at the upcoming 19th annual Neighborhood Block Party in Bloomington.

Around 1,100 school supply kits will be distributed to children in kindergarten through eighth grade from 9 a.m. to noon on Aug. 12 at First Christian Church at 401 W. Jefferson St., near downtown.

“The only guideline to receive school supplies is that a parent or guardian must be with the child,” said event co-chair Julie Robinson. “There are no financial restrictions and the event is open to anyone.”

The party will include free health screenings for children and adults and social service agencies will be available to answer questions.

For the first time, the McLean County Health Department will bring a bus to the event to provide information on its WIC (Women, Infants and Children Nutrition, Education and Supplemental Food) program and answer case management questions.

Those attending also can enjoy a climbing wall from Upper Limits and an inflatable obstacle course, check out a fire truck and police car and participate in a cake walk and bike raffle.

A sack lunch will be provided for all who attend.

“There are so many fun things to do, it’s a great event for adults and children. Even if people don’t get a school kit, they’re welcome to come and join the fun, get a lunch, listen to music and connect with social service agencies and health screenings,” said Robinson.

Volunteers are still needed to help man games and distribution. To learn more about the event or to sign up to volunteer, visit www.Facebook.com/2016westsideblockparty.

First Christian Church joined with Holy Trinity, Historic St. Patrick’s, Centennial, First and Second Presbyterian and Trinity Lutheran churches in collecting donations and support for the block party.

Follow Julia Evelsizer on Twitter: @pg_evelsizer



Reporter for The Pantagraph.

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