Friday, July 20, 2012
CITY COUNCILMEMBER KWANZA HALL AND FULTON COUNTY COMMISSIONER JOAN P. GARNER
HOST THE YEAR OF BOULEVARD BACK-TO-SCHOOL BLOCK PARTY
District 2 Councilmember Kwanza Hall
Fulton County District 6 Commissioner Joan P. Garner
Children and families of the Old Fourth Ward
Year of Boulevard Back-to-School Block Party
Boulevard between North Avenue and Angier Avenue (Boulevard will be
closed to motor vehicle traffic in this area)
Saturday, July 21, 2012 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
– Atlanta City Councilmember Kwanza Hall is inviting the children and families
of District 2’s Boulevard corridor to gear up for the upcoming school year by
joining him and Fulton County District 6 Commissioner Joan P. Garner for the
“Year of Boulevard Back-to-School Block Party” this Saturday, July 21.
at 10 a.m., over thirty city, county, and nonprofit agencies will be on hand to
connect the families of the corridor with local social services.
the first time ever, we are shutting down Boulevard and bringing dozens of
government and nonprofit services right to the front doors of District 2’s
neediest families,” said Hall. “I am thrilled that so many groups are coming
together for a great day of fellowship, food, and fun.”
kick off the morning, Hall, Garner, and the Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta will
deliver 100 beds to families from the corridor. According to Hall, “When we
began planning this back-to-school event, we met with our local nonprofit
partners to talk about organizing a traditional backpack drive for our families.
As our talks got deeper, we learned that dozens of kids on the Boulevard
corridor go to sleep each night without a bed of their own, so we reached out to
the Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta to help us make Saturday a day of Beds and
County District 6 Commissioner Joan P. Garner echoed Hall’s enthusiasm and
commitment: “I am honored that Councilman Hall has asked me to partner with
him to address the needs of residents of the Boulevard
corridor. Fulton County has health and human services that can help these
families tremendously. We also have relationships with agencies and
organizations that can broaden the spectrum of services this community will have
access to on Saturday. I am happy to say there will be unprecedented
participation by numerous Fulton County departments and the Fulton County
Superior Court. Following Saturday’s Block Party, participating Fulton County
departments look forward to deepening their relationships with the community.”
block party also features free refreshments, music by Radio One’s Hot 107.9,
sports, and other fun activities for families.
As part of their ongoing commitment to The Year of Boulevard, the Atlanta
Hawks will set up a mobile basketball court on Boulevard. The United States
Tennis Association is bringing two youth-sized tennis courts for kids. Zoo
Atlanta is bringing its Zoo Mobile.
addition to the fun and games, children and families from District 2’s
Boulevard corridor (Ponce de Leon Avenue on the north to Dekalb Avenue on the
south) will be encouraged to visit agency tables and sign up for services. After
visiting agency tables and participating in the fun, each child from the
neighborhood will receive a back-to-school backpack.
Atlanta Workforce Development Agency is bringing its mobile unit, and the Fulton
Superior Court will be among Fulton County’s representatives at the event.
“The Fulton Superior Court appreciates this opportunity to reach out to the
community we serve and inform the citizens of programs which could benefit
them,” said Chief Judge Cynthia D. Wright. “Long gone are the days
where the Courts simply tried cases and pronounced judgment. The Superior Court
of Fulton County has evolved into a problem solving judicial system which
focuses on building families, building communities, building trust and building
partnerships. Judges and staff and community partners will be on Boulevard to
discuss topics from child support to domestic violence, to drug and mental
health programs and other Court-related matters.”
Back-to-School Block Party promises to be the biggest event so far in Hall’s
yearlong Year of Boulevard initiative. Launched
in January, the initiative has been the catalyst for a new police mini-precinct
located within Atlanta Medical Center, a neighborhood safety center located
within the Bedford Pine complex, a massive community cleanup effort along the
corridor, a summer camp sponsored by community stakeholders, and improvements to
the Bedford Pine properties.