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West Bloomington holds 7th annual neighborhood block party

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It's the 7th year of Bloomington's annual block party, and organizers say attendance gets better every year. The party rocked the blocks of Mill and Mason streets to celebrate before those lazy days of summer end for students next week. There was food, games, and even a rapper. Local volunteers brought books, too, to get kids in the "back to school" mindset. The founders of the event say they couldn't pull it off without help from the community.

"This event is kinda like the cornerstone event where we bring everybody together: the residents, law enforcement, community organizations. And put everybody in one place, one safe environment for the kids for fun, food, entertainment," said founder of C.H.A.R.M Arthur Haynes.

"This is a product of everybody who cared, wanted to do something, lend a hand and wanted to see the same thing that we wanted to see, which was providing something for our children and our neighbors. A fun, wonderful, nurturing, inviting environment for them," said founder of C.H.A.R.M Kiasha Henry.

These members of the non-profit group C.H.A.R.M are hoping to get a larger location next year because of this year's big turn-out.

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