The first Annual Kidzfest held on Saturday morning in El Dorado revolved around hunger, health needs, and illiteracy knows no age, gender, socio-economic status, or religious denomination.
They are issues in communities across the United States, and unfortunately it is the youngest members of the society who are most often afflicted by these concerns. El Dorado is not exempt from the problems of education, poverty and family health, but it is privileged to have community organizations dedicated to building a brighter future. During the event, several community organizations gathered together to showcase their services in the fun, family friendly environment of Kidzfest.
Kidzfest was born from Vision2020 and USD 490’s desire to expose families with children age 2 to 12 to the early childhood education, health, wellness and other resources available in the community. In its inaugural year, Kidzfest welcomed 34 organizations as booth hosts ranging from health care providers to the Parks and Recreation Department. The hosts were encouraged to offer an activity for the children and take home resources for the parents. The result was an energized building filled with families, booth hosts and volunteers. Over 500 people came through the doors on Saturday morning and most left with a bag of crafts, pamphlets and maybe even a donated door prize.
Kevin Wishart, Parks and Recreation director for the City of El Dorado, commented on the event saying, “I was pleasantly surprised at the number in attendance. Kidzfest was a great opportunity for families to learn about resources available in El Dorado, and I enjoyed seeing so many community members taking advantage of the opportunity.”
The Vision2020 team could not be more pleased with the first annual Kidzfest and would like to extend a thank you to everyone who made the event possible. Lead sponsor Nabholz Construction provided the financial backbone for the event and the El Dorado Youth Commission, Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, EHS Drama Department, Becky Wolf, Commissioner Chase Locke and the LDS Church delivered the man power and smiling faces that will make the event memorable.
As 2014 continues people are asked to reach out to community partners and take advantage of the services they provide. If it takes a village to raise a child, then it takes a community to raise awareness.
Visit 360eldorado.com for more information on Kidzfest and a complete list of community resources.
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