City, schools to celebrate ‘back to school’
by Nick Rappley | Patterson Irrigator and Maddy Houk | Patterson Irrigator
Aug 07, 2013 | 1417 views | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The City of Patterson and the Patterson Joint Unified School District are teaming up for the annual Back to School Block Party and Safety Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10 in downtown Patterson.

Parents and children are invited downtown for a morning of music, fun and games and fingerprinting by the KlaasKids Foundation.

The PJUSD will distribute more than 2,000 books provided by First Book at the event. First Book is a non-profit organization that provides new books for children in need.

The district will also distribute gift bags that contain pens and pencils and other back-to- school items. Giveaways will be conducted throughout the party for special gifts provided by the district.

The principals and some staff from each of the nine schools in the PJUSD will be on hand and available so parents can ask questions. Children can meet staff and teachers while at the same time playing games at the school booths.

The historical museum in the Center Building on Plaza Circle will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for families to learn about the history of Patterson.

Information booths will also be set up in the parks featuring a variety of public agencies such as the police department, fire department, Boy Scout troops, Center for Human Services and Patterson Branch Library among others.

The KlaasKids Foundation is a non-profit organization that promotes and educates families about child safety. Foundation representatives fingerprint and photograph children at no cost and each child will receive a comprehensive packet of child safety tools. Using state-of-the art computerized systems that were originally designed for a federal law enforcement agency, each child will receive digitized fingerprints, an updated photograph, a DNA Collection Kit developed by the California DNA Laboratory, pro-active child safety tips and a nine-point plan on what to do if a child disappears.

The KlaasKids Foundation was created following the 1993 kidnap and murder of 12-year-old Polly Klaas.

KlaasKids Foundation child safety programs are designed to promote awareness and provide education for parents and children in an effort to protect children against violence. Since 1994, Print-A-Thon events have fingerprinted and photographed more than 1,000,000 children at no cost to families and without data basing children’s personal and private information.

• Contact Nick Rappley or Maddy Houk at 892-6187.

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