Neighborhood house has been hosting its annual summer kickoff for over twenty years now, and it’s always a great time for community families and children to come enjoy themselves and learn more about Neighborhood House. This year, though, was extra special. Why?
Neighborhood House is celebrating its 120th birthday!
You read it right — while the state of Utah is just 118 years old, Neighborhood House has been serving its community since 1894, under the direction of Ms. Emma McVicker. And to celebrate 120 years of success, Neighborhood House hosted its most exciting Summer Celebration yet, in (relative) cooperation with the famously unpredictable Salt Lake weather.
The evening started with the annual Safety Walk to the 700 S police station, where volunteers (and some friendly policemen and women!) passed out water bottles, fresh baked cookies, and yogurt generously donated from Dannon. All 150+ children currently enrolled in the summer program made the walk there and back to the school just in time for the party to start!
We were visited by local band Heart and Soul, Bumble the Salt Lake Bee, the Salt lake Fire and Police Departments, and several of our community partners! Kids were able to enjoy free games, prizes, and face painting, while families and adults were able to invest in new resources, live music, and free food! The SOAR II program taught their youths about business and money management as they sold cotton candy, popcorn, snow cones and homemade marshmallow shooters. And when the weather turned sour, the party just moved inside where local magician Elias “Lefty” Caress hosted two free magic shows!