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One BIG back-to-school block party


Community Health Center of Fort Dodge and Upper Des Moines Opportunity have joined forces this year and are planning one big event for families to check off things on their back-to-school to do lists. The event called Back-to-School Block Party will be held on Tuesday, August 9th at 126 N 10th Street in Fort Dodge.


In years past Upper Des Moines Opportunity held a back-to-school bash where they distributed backpacks filled with school supplies, offered resources from community partners and served pork burgers grilled by the Webster County Pork Producers. The Community Health Center of Fort Dodge held an annual event during National Health Center Week to provide needed healthcare to kids before the start of the school year where they too offered resources from community partners and had the Pork Producers grill. “It just makes sense for families, community resources and our donors to hold our events together, with the renovation of our lower level we were able to offer the space for packing backpacks this year.” said Regina Suhrbier, Outreach Coordinator for Community Health Center of Fort Dodge. “We began meeting and talking about it in February, plans have come together well with spreading the planning between our two organizations” added Dianna Georg, Outreach Specialist/Webster County with Upper Des Moines Opportunity.


The two local groups are excited at how many offerings will be provided at the event. The Community Health Center will have well child checks, immunizations, sports physicals and dental exams inside of the building. The healthcare services will start early before the party and continue into the evening. Appointments can be made from 10 am to 4 pm that day, then from 5 pm – 8 pm they will accept walk ins for services. You can call 515-576-6500 to schedule. Also new this year you can save some time by filling out registration paperwork in advance at chcbp.as.me. Upper Des Moines Opportunity with the help of Linda Cline and her 4-H club, will have backpacks of school supplies to distribute to Webster County students. You can apply now for a backpack that will contain the supplies needed for the grade and school the student attends. Applications are available at their office located at 1325 1st Ave S, Fort Dodge or by calling 515-576-7774. Backpacks can be picked up from 5 pm to 8 pm during the August 9th block party.


In addition local organizations and businesses will be providing resources and games in the parking lot. “At 5 pm is when the real party starts,” said Suhrbier. “over 20 business and organizations will be set up with booths of activities. From free socks to spin art and basketball shooting, it will be a fun event for all.” she went on to say.


“We have the Webster County Pork Producers grilling and will serve a free meal that starts at 5 pm.” said Georg “The meal includes a pork burger, baked beans, chips and a cookie. The meal is made possible by local business donating the food and drinks.” she continued.


The event is free and open to the public. The activities, backpacks and meal will all be in the parking lot behind Community Health Center of Fort Dodge, while the healthcare services will take place inside the building. A complete list of community participants and activities can be found on their event page on Facebook. Those with questions or those seeking additional information can call Regina Suhrbier, Outreach Coordinator at Community Health Center at 515-576-6500 or Dianna Georg, Outreach Specialist for Upper Des Moines Opportunity at 515-576-7774.

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