On December 6th, 2014 San Antonio’s Sam Houston High School hosted the 4th Annual “Pride of the Eastside Block Party”! The goal of the block party was to connect Eastside neighborhood families with the resources that are available to them in their communities. Eastside Promise Neighborhood (a non-profit organization) partners with City Year schools in the Eastside of San Antonio in an effort to revitalize the area. Alamo Colleges and Cafe College were present with enrollment information and brochures for promoting higher education. The local YMCA, VIA-community relations coordinator, Born 2 Praise Ministries and Martinez Women's Center/Community Health/Girls Zone were also present.
The event took place from at Sam Houston High School and was jam packed with recreations, vendors, games, community resources/outreach programs and food! Students had the opportunity to show off their talents as guests enjoyed performances from Sam Houston’s very own Cheerleading, step and dance team, as well as a guest appearance from the Batman of San Antonio.
City Year schools put together booths to entertain the crowd. Activities ranged from creating your very own stress ball to soccer and basketball tosses to arts and crafts. It was truly a collaborative effort in true CY spirit as the teams from Burbank HS, Rhodes MS, King Academy, Krueger MS, Sam Houston HS, and Wheatley MS came together to provide guests with all ranges of entertainment. Also, the Zumba instructor from Kaliente Dance Studio kept the crowd hyped and energized with her hot dance moves! It was a sight to see as corps members and students alike danced to local bands like Billy Ray Sheppard and the talented musicians from the Sam Houston City Year Team! Freedom Fitness provided weekly passes for students to get motivated to exercise. CPS Energy, Boy Scouts - Troop 96, Carver Library, and Farmers Insurance and local business like Bill Millers, HEB, Wal-Mart and McDonalds sponsored the event through raffle donations. With a total of 250-300 people present and a wide range of students from 9th to 12th grade in attendance, the 4th annual “Pride of the Eastside Block Party” was a definite success and we couldn't thank the community enough for all the support in
Blog Post Written By: Mariel Amador, AmeriCorps Member, Martin Luther King Academy Team