Hundreds of Providence Schools Families “Rock the Block”

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A large turnout of more than 1,000 students and parents attended Rock the Block 2014, a block party in the courtyard of Central and Classical high schools, enjoying performances, food trucks and fall fun.

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The family-focused Rock the Block party was presented on Friday, October 24, by the Providence Schools Office of Family and Community Engagement, the Office of Educational Partnerships, New Urban Arts and nearly two dozen other community organizations. The event also recognized October as Anti-Bullying Month.

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The event kicked off with a parade to the block party that included representatives of youth organizations. Collaborating organizations such as the Providence Student Union, New Urban Arts, AS220, the Manton Avenue Project and more were among the event’s planners and exhibitors and encouraged older students to get involved while other local community agencies shared general information about programs and services.

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Performers, including rapper Mr. Deep Positivity, GirlsRock RI, Everett Case Closed! and ProvSlam, entertained families and youth of all ages. Younger students enjoyed the YMCA’s Bouncy House, pumpkin painting and field games. Food trucks parked on Fricker Street offered a variety of refreshments.

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“PPSD was honored to partner with our local youth-serving organizations to offer this amazing celebration for our students and families,” said Carrie Feliz, director of strategic community partnerships. “All of the partners did a tremendous job of putting youth and families at the center to plan and execute this community-building event. We can’t wait for Rock the Block 2015!”