Back-to-School: A Block Party with a Purpose
I Remember When…
By Kevin Taylor, senior pastor at Silver Creek Church on Silver Creek Road in Marquette, towards Harvey.
I remember getting ready for school to start in the fall when I was in elementary school back in the 70’s. Summer seemed to last forever in those days.
I loved seeing the new school supplies being laid out for inspection on the living room floor. The pencils were all the same size, perfect. The spiral notebooks and loose leaf paper were still unblemished, just bursting with potential. Those rectangular pink erasers, the new bottle of Elmer’s Glue and the cool folders were, well . . . cool!
I remember looking at the box of Kleenex tissues and thinking to myself, “What in the world will I use that for?” Some things never change.
How about the new sneakers that mom bought just a week or two before school started? She wouldn’t let us wear them until the first day of school. And the gym shoes . . . SWEET! We couldn’t wear them for anything besides gym class. And when you walked into the gym they squeaked on the fleshly waxed gym floor!
I can remember the excitement and the confidence just brimming over as I began the new school year! As a father of three I really look forward to the first day of school, standing at the bus stop with my kids as they anxiously await the start of the new school year. They have so much potential! They can do and be anything if we provide them with the right tools and resources.
Forbes.com reports, “According to the National Retail Federation (NRF) 2012 Back-to-School spending survey conducted by BIGinsight, the average person with children in grades K-12 will spend $688.62 on their children.”
I was blessed to have those things provided for me before each new school year by parents who loved and cared for me. Now, it’s my turn to make sure that my kids have those things so that they can have every chance to succeed in school.
But, what about those kids that are not so fortunate? I realize, however, there are many families that cannot provide the necessary supplies for a successful school year.
Backpacks given away at a previous block party
With this in mind Silver Creek Church, in conjunction with National Night Out, hosted its first Silver Creek Neighborhood Block Party back in 2008. Almost immediately the event took on a Back-to-School theme. Last year 356 backpacks filled with school supplies and 3,000 pieces of clothing were given away.
Now, in its sixth year the Block Party hopes to give away as many as 500 backpacks along with age appropriate school supplies and 5,000 pieces of gently used children’s clothing.
If you would like to help local students be ready for school you can contribute backpacks, school supplies or children’s clothing. Drop off locations and information about this year’s event can be found at www.silvercreekblockparty.org.
The Silver Creek Neighborhood Block Party is Saturday, August 17th from 12-5.
Positive live music will be provided by local band, 41West, at the block party as well!