Monday, August 12, 2013

A Community Blockbuster Coming to a Community Center Near You

The Olivet Boys and Girls Club at the Ricketts Community Center is planing a "Community Blockbuster" event at the center at Beech and Adams streets on Saturday, Aug. 17.

According to director Jan Burgess, the event will feature a giveaway of free school back-packs stuffed with school supplies like pencils and notebooks and crayons, thanks to the efforts of the Community First Development Corp.

Crystal Hills, the executive director of Community First, said about 200 back-packs will be on hand to be given away and are mostly geared toward elementary school and middle school-aged children.

The day will also feature a basketball tournament for high-school aged children, performances, vendors and free hot dogs.

Vendors tables are still available for a small fee, Hills said.

Organizations which will have informational tables at the event include the Pottstown Regional Public Library, St. Aloysius Church, Montgomery County Community College.

Hills said her organization is based out of the Heart of God church at Beech and North hanover streets and offers youth mentoring, workshops for teen mothers and advice on first-time homebuying.

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