Rushville Republican

March 30, 2013

Block parties start soon

Gracie Marlatt
Rushville Republican

RUSHVILLE — Purdue Extension is pleased to bring the Block Party program to Rush County.  It is designed to teach participants the benefits that children receive while playing with blocks.  There are two parts to the Block Party program:  Block Party Workshops geared to the adults and Block Party Events that give children and the adults in their lives the opportunity to experience block play while learning the skills that help prepare for a lifetime of learning.

The Block Party Workshop will be held on Tuesday, April 2.  It will be presented at three separate times to meet a variety of schedules.  Come to the Courthouse Assembly Room at 2:00 pm, 5:30 pm or 7:00 pm for an informational forum to learn how block play is effective in a child’s social and educational development.  The meetings will feature research confirming that Block Parties are a useful tool in preparing children to enter school.  These workshops are for parents, family members, childcare providers, teachers and others who work with children.  Please call 932-5974 to register for this free workshop.

Block Party Events are designed for children ages 8 months to 8 years AND the adults in their lives.  We have nine Block Party Events scheduled including four that are open to the public.  These events allow the child and their adult play partner to actually play with a variety of blocks while the adult learns how block play can be used to teach math skills, science skills, pre-reading skills, social skills and physical skills. A YouTube video of an actual Block Party can be viewed at, look under Family and School Readiness.  

Block Party Events that are open to the public in Rush County include:

•    Wednesday, April 3, 5:30 – 7:00 pm at St. Mary’s School, 226 E 5th Street

•    Tuesday, April 9, 6:00 – 7:30 pm at the Root Building, 1301 N Sexton Street

•    Friday, April 12, 5:00 – 7:00 pm at Arlington Elementary, 2533 N 700 W, Arlington

•    Saturday, April 13, Kindergarten Roundup, 8:00 am – Noon, Rushville Elementary

Other events are scheduled with the Rushville Public Library and Rush County Schools. Additional events can be scheduled upon request during this time period by contacting Gracie Marlatt, Extension Educator – Health & Human Sciences, at 932-5974.

This information can also be found at  Purdue University is an Equal Access/Equal Opportunity Organization.  If accommodations are necessary in order to participate in this program, please contact the Rush County Extension Office at 932-5974 by April 5.