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A day to play, a hope for peace

Reps. Jared Solomon and Anthony Bellmon with members of The Block Gives Back.
Rep. Anthony Bellmon (second from right) and several organizers of Saturday’s events.
Reps. Anthony Bellmon and Jared Solomon, with Philadelphia police officers who played basketball on Saturday.

The Block Gives Back, Leaders of Tomorrow and Citywide Community Counseling Services teamed up on Saturday for a day of activities at Tarken Playground.

The Leaders of Tomorrow organized its third annual basketball tournament, bringing the police department and young people together to discourage gun violence.

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Meanwhile, The Block Gives Back sponsored its annual Peace & Play Day.

The day featured moonbounces, inflatables, music, water ice, drinks, vendors, a pizza food truck, volleyball, football, cornhole, face painting, crafts and haircuts.

State Reps. Jared Solomon, Anthony Bellmon and Joe Hohenstein were among those in attendance.

The Block Gives Back’s next big event will be Block 2 School, on Aug. 19, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., on the 6800 block of Torresdale Ave. The day will include moonbounces, refreshments, music, resources and distribution of 1,000 backpacks filled with school supplies. Donations of notebooks, folders, pencils, pencil cases, rulers, glue sticks, crayons and hand sanitizer are being accepted at The Block Shop, 6831 Torresdale Ave. ••

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