Blast Off 2 School Event Provides School Supplies and Health Screenings

While everyone is excited for summer and the end of the school year, Neighborhood House is beginning to plan for the start of the 2022-23 school year and their annual Blast Off 2 School event.

Wearing new clothes and carrying a backpack filled with new school supplies helps set an exciting tone as children head off to school. Unfortunately, for many low-income families in our community, the start of the new school year is filled with stress due to economic issues.

Neighborhood House is once again collaborating with Assistance League of SE Michigan and Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital to help local children ages 4-18 start the school year ready to learn and succeed. Last year over 450 children participated in this school event.

Blast Off 2 School will be held Saturday, August 13 from 9am to 3pm, at the Neighborhood House Main Office, 1720 S. Livernois Road. School age children will receive school supplies, backpacks, school clothing and hygiene kits.

Ascension Rochester Providence Hospital will be performing Student Health Screenings and sports physicals on Wednesday, August 3, from 3pm to 7pm, also at the Neighborhood House Main Office.

Who Qualifies for these FREE Events?

The event is free for Neighborhood House clients and families who qualify for Medicaid or free and reduced lunch programs. Families must live in Auburn Hills, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Oakland Township, Leonard or Addison Township (ID required).

Your help is needed in two ways to make these events a success!

Spread the Word

First, we hope you will get the word out to potential families that qualify. The event is free to Neighborhood House clients and local families living in Auburn Hills, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Oakland Township and Addison Township who qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch Programs or Medicaid.


The second way is to make a donation of new school supplies or make a financial contribution for Blast Off 2 School.

School Supplies Donation Wish List:

Backpacks: Middle and High school

Calculators: TI-30IIS

3-Ring Binders: 1" or 1.5"

Spiral one subject notebooks

Dry erase markers: 4-pack

Index cards: 100-pack

Washable markers: 8-count

Highlighters: 3-pack

Two-pocket folders without prongs

Ballpoint pens: Set of 12 (black or red)

#2 Mechanical pencils: Set of 12

#2 pencils: Set of 12

My First Ticonderoga pencil: Set of 12

Glue sticks: Set of 6

Binder dividers: Set of 5

Plastic ruler with metrics

Black sharpies: Fine tip

Protractor, 6", 180 degree

Post-it-Notes: 4-pack, yellow 3x3

Pencil box or pouch

Scissors: pointed tip; 5" & 7"

Drop-off Location

The Neighborhood House
1720 Livernois Rd
Rochester Hills, MI 48307

Donations accepted until Friday, August 5, 2022

If you are interested in helping in any capacity with the program, please contact Veronica Hall at or 248-651-5836 ext. 36.

To register for the Blast Off 2 School August 13th event and for the August 3rd health assessments...Click Here

Thank you for helping our local children get off to a strong start for the 2022-23 school year!


Neighborhood House Mission

Neighborhood House walks the path toward self-sustainability with our neighbors during times of hardship.

Rochester Community Schools Mission

To provide a quality education in a caring atmosphere for students to attain the necessary skills and knowledge to become lifelong learners and contribute to a diverse, interdependent and changing world.

June 9, 2022, Rochester Community Schools and Rochester.Life Staff

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