Activity and information booths manned by PJUSD schools will be available for kids and families. Donation drawings will take place, and First Book is again providing books for PJUSD board members to distribute for free. During last year’s event, First Book gave away over 2,000 books to children in need.
Attendees can expect to find many of the other Block Party regulars as well: The Lions Club will barbecue free hot dogs, emcee Robert Pacheco of TNT Productions will return to host, among other games, a hula-hoop contest, and the KlaasKids Foundation is offering free fingerprinting for children.
KlaasKids, a non-profit organization with the mission to promote and educate families about child safety, fingerprinted 300 children at their booth last year.
Various city and county agencies will also be present, such as the Sheriff’s and Fire Departments. Instead of manning booths, the departments will be present in a more hands-on capacity, with vehicles on display and K-9 demonstrations.
New to the event is the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, who will send a representative from Sacramento to speak about how to become a naturalized citizen.
“They’re not part of the enforcement aspect of immigration,” said PJUSD superintendent Phil Alfano.
“They’re simply here to help people navigate that process [of becoming a citizen].”
Modesto Junior College, Stockton Thunder, Patterson Family Pharmacy, Del Puerto Health Center, CVS Pharmacy and Waste Management are the other new participants.
Just outside of the downtown circle Patterson’s Federated Church will have their ice cream social. From 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., attendees of the Block Party can walk over to 45 El Circulo Ave. and pick up free ice cream with myriad toppings to choose from.
The PJUSD school year begins Aug. 11—the Monday following the Back to School Block Party and Safety Fair.
Nathan Duckworth can be reached at 209-892 6187 ext. 24 or email@example.com.