Community to welcome students at Block Party Aug. 30

Jamestown College students will be welcomed to the community at the fifth annual Community Block Party from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30 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. “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 over 80 booths with over 3,000 people attending. Entertainment includes inflatable games, worm mobile, food, prize drawings, dunk tank, contests, free giveaways and more. The Community Block Party website on the JC webpage (www.jc.edu) provides more information about sponsorship and signing up to be a part of the festivities.

“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. Upper-class 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 upper-class students come back each and every year because they love it.”

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