On Saturday, September 7, Mastery Charter School Shoemaker Campus held its 8th Annual Back to School Community Block Party. The school blocked off the 1400 block of North 53rd Street to celebrate the start of another exciting school year and provided the community with free food, music, dancing and a moon bounce for kids. In addition to Principal El-Mekki taking his turn in the dunk tank, students had the opportunity to sign up for after school and extracurricular activities. The community had access to information from local groups including, but not limited to, the Mural Arts Program, Trust for Public Land, PTA, Wells Fargo, Outward Bound and the Child Guidance Resource Center. The Conestoga Angels, a neighborhood drill team, performed to the thrill of attendees and State Representative Vanessa Lowery Brown welcomed the Parkside, Carroll Park and Overbrook community members to the event and wished everyone a safe and fruitful school year. An excellent time was had by all.