Music, dancing, magic, games and more are in store for attendees of the 10th annual “Stand for Children Day,” scheduled for 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday on Western Kentucky University's South Lawn.
“It's a national thing that we've adapted to our own purposes,” said Anne Grubbs, enrichment coordinator for Community Education, which sponsors the event. “It's a service that we give back to the community.”
Additional sponsors - including American Bank & Trust and the Bowling Green Kiwanis Club - enabled Community Action to provide free drawstring backpacks to all children who attend, Grubbs said. During the event, performers and activities - including vehicles on display from the city fire department, police department and emergency medical services - for kids will abound, while parents can peruse about 40 booths set up by community agencies.
“The sponsors and the vendors and all of the agencies want to get out there and give back to the people who support us all year long,” Grubbs said. “So the kids have fun and the parents can learn about services they need all at the same time.”
Parking will be available in “parking structure two” at Western, she said. Should the weather turn rainy, the event will still be held as long as it's only sprinkling.
While each year's theme varies - past themes include literacy, safety and affordable childcare - the underlying drive is the same: awareness.
“I think it's always important to remind everybody of all the services that are available to children and families in Bowling Green and Warren County,” Grubbs said. “It's also important to remind them that the children are the future of Bowling Green and Warren County, and we are taking care of and preparing them to grow up and keep this place running.”