After a lot of careful thought and discussion, the district has decided not to host a 2021 GPS Block Party.
As you know, the annual event depends heavily on the generosity of several local businesses and community partners in order to provide a successful opportunity for our students, families and community. Given the continued uncertainty with COVID-19 and hardship many businesses and families have endured over the last 12 months, we believe it’s in the best interest of our community to not pursue the event this year.
We simply do not feel right asking for sponsorships and donations when many are struggling. We also believe our focus needs to continue to be on meeting the current and future needs of our students and families due to the pandemic (which leaves us even less time to plan for such a big event).
Thanks to The Chosen Ones, a community organization that has provided backpacks and school supplies in the past, each GPS building has free backpacks for any student in need for the 2021-2022 school year. Please contact your child's school or our Central Services Facility at 616.754.3686 if a backpack is needed.