Over 250 Backpacks Distributed at Rock the Block

rock the block-editOver 250 backpacks filled with school supplies were distributed to local families at the first ever “Rock the Block,” back to school party on Aug. 11. The event, which was held at City Hall Park in Globe, was a collaboration between Gila County’s Division of Health & Emergency Management, Copper Basin Safe Kids Coalition, Arizona Youth Partnership, and Gila County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition. District Two Supervisor Mike Pastor donated $500.00 to help with expenses for the event. 

About 350 attendees enjoyed a performance donated by the local band Mighty Bison. Eastern Arizona Area Health Education Center provided free food. Gila County CASA, Friends of the Globe Public Library, Air Evac, and other community groups were on hand to get the word out about the work they do. The City of Globe, United Rentals, and Jeff Rutherford also made donations in support of the event. 

After a great turnout in its first year, organizers are hopeful that Rock the Block will continue annually.