Block party moves inside because of weather


Mechelle Waters, 13, right, dances during the Rawlings Elementary School block party Saturday afternoon.

Tricia Coyne/Staff photographer
Published: Sunday, January 31, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 31, 2010 at 12:38 a.m.

The block party at Rawlings Elementary — a way to reward students for their hard work and at the same time make parents aware of resources available to them — moved inside Saturday to get out of the wet weather.

But the school cafeteria suited just fine, with parents and students welcomed by food, dance, theater and music to the party hosted by the school and Leadership Gainesville Alumni Association.

The event is just one part of the program that Leadership Gainesville Alumni have set up with the school, said Greg Bradley, chair of the program.

LGAA also offers a career day, a monthly speaker series for fourth- and fifth-graders and a mentoring program called Pea Pods for third- and fourth-graders.

The block party was open to students of all grades as long as they were with a parent.

Those attending were entertained by a few acts, by the four-girl Expressive Song and Dance team, and by the magician B-Magic.

Elizabeth Jensen took her daughter, Lily Jensen, 5, to the party.

"It's very cute," Jensen said. "They did a great job. I'm really impressed."

She particularly enjoyed being able to make a book with her daughter, she said.

Sharon Lewis took her five children to the event, just as she did last year.

"I think it's very good for the children when they don't have things to do," she said. "It keeps them occupied."

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