Community Block Party kicks off new school year

Block Party

The fourth annual Jamestown College Community Block Party takes place Aug. 25.

Jamestown College students will be welcomed to the community at the fourth annual Community Block Party from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25 along First Avenue in Jamestown. Everyone is invited to take part in the fun.

“This event introduces the community to the wonderful students who attend Jamestown College year after year,” says Lisa Hicks, event co-chair from the College.Community.Connection organization. “It also helps promote relationships between the community and businesses.”

Local businesses, churches and organizations will host booths along the street. Last year’s Block Party grew to 75 booths – up about 25 booths from the year before. Entertainment includes inflatable games, worm mobile, food, prize drawings, Bookmobile, dunk tank, contests, free giveaways and more.

“This event sets us apart from other colleges in the area,” says Lori Listopad, director of New Student Orientation. “Other communities aren’t doing this.”

All first-year students will attend as part of orientation activities. Upperclass students, faculty and staff will also represent Jamestown College. The event takes place during the first week of classes.

“We surveyed first-year students and found that a lot of them listed the Block Party as their favorite event of New Student Orientation,” Listopad says. “We see our upperclass students come back each and every year because they love it.”

Classes at Jamestown College begin Monday, Aug. 22.

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