HOULTON, Maine — Thanks to community efforts, more than 200 children will head to school this fall with a new backpack.
Adopt-a-Block of Aroostook held its fifth annual Back to School Block Party on Aug. 11 at the Military Street Baptist Church. More than 500 people participated this year, according to Tammie Goestch, one of the coordinators for the event.
The backpacks were filled with school supplies and donated by local churches and businesses that partner with Adopt-a-Block.
The event also featured a barbecue lunch, bounce houses, face painting, a dunk tank, popcorn from Bangor Savings Bank and ice cream from Houlton Farms Dairy. Two bikes were raffled off, courtesy of Walmart, and many other prizes were given away.
Also, three local hairdressers gave back-to-school haircuts to more than 20 children and more than 100 families were able to pick up free clothes.
Goestch said more than 2,000 pounds of food also was given away.
“The goal of Adopt-a-Block of Aroostook is to meet the needs of our community by partnering with local agencies,” Goestch said. “These needs may range from physical needs such as food, furniture and clothing, to more non-tangible needs such as a friendly face, in-home support and care. Find a need and fill it. … Find a hurt and heal it.”