August 23, 2009

Baltimore kids get back-to-school party

A Northwest Baltimore neighborhood helps prepare kids for their first day of school with an eight-hour block party, organizers said.

The party, held Saturday, provided food, haircuts and school supplies to about 100 kids. It was the third year for the block party, and kids told The Baltimore Sun it gets bigger and better every year -- to the point where it includes a 20-foot inflatable slide, a merry-go-round, a dunking booth and a moon bounce.

This year, the party had a second purpose, to raise awareness about Mia Lynn Nichols, 27, a Baltimore woman who disappeared Oct. 28, said Duane Davis, an organizer of the party who also prepared flyers on Nichols' disappearance.

Block parties are considered a summertime institution in Baltimore, the newspaper said. Many neighborhoods close off streets for a big bash.