Day for Kids meant to help families build strong bonds

Published 8:52 am Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Contributed Photo Friends build relationships and self-confidence at the Boys and Girls Club.

Contributed Photo Friends build relationships and self-confidence at the Boys and Girls Club.

Face painting, a cupcake walk and balloon darts are just a few of the activities for parents, children and grandparents to enjoy at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Elizabethton/Carter County’s Day for Kids Saturday from 2-4 p.m.
The fair-themed afternoon will promote family interaction and encourage community involvement by providing a day of active play. It is free and open to member families and prospective member families.
“At Boys & Girls Clubs of Elizabethton/Carter County, we change the opportunity equation for kids in our community, enabling them to achieve a great future,” executive director Ginny Wright said. “Day for Kids is a fun way for not only adults to relive their childhood, but for kids to have fun and foster stronger relationships with caring mentors. Day for Kids is just one example of the amazing work we do each day to enable kids and teens to reach their full potential by staying on track to graduate, demonstrating good character and citizenship and practicing healthy lifestyles.”
The purpose of the event is to give everyone in the family an opportunity to be active together in order to relieve stress and build stronger relationships. The staff of BGC believes group participation and physical activity are key for children to excel academically and to achieve personally.
“Kids need an outlet. If they’re having a rough day, they can engage in a group activity where they feel accepted and involved,” said Program Director Justin Clark. “It gives them a sense of belonging and acceptance and a sense of capability to achieve. If they earned a bad grade, but can win at sports at the club, they will have improved self-esteem.”
Located at 104 Hudson Drive, the BGC provides programs for over 700 youth annually. It is open between 2:30 and 7 p.m. on school days and all day on scheduled school breaks.
For more information about the event or other youth programs, contact Clark at 423-543-2946.

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