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Resource fair to focus on wellness, literacy education

Resource fair to focus on wellness, literacy education
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Mark your calendars to join us at a fun community event.

Grand Island Public Schools, the Central District Health Department and Grow Grand Island have joined together to sponsor a free community event focused on educating families in wellness and literacy.

This resource fair is set for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 21, at the new Starr Elementary School, 1800 S. Adams, and is open to everyone.

Activities for the whole family will include taekwondo and zumba. Opportunities will be provided to get ideas on budget-friendly healthy eating, to learn about programs available at the Grand Island Public Library, get information regarding United Way’s Imagination Library, as well as safety identification tools such as finger printing for children. Information will be available for saving for college, blood pressure checks, vision screenings for children over age 5, car seat safety, and youth sports programs. We will truly have something for everyone at this event.

One of Grow Grand Island’s objectives has been to trying to determine the best way to share information about the many resources are available in the community. How do we put all this information in one place, so that families can utilize these services when needed?

As a mother of three children, there are many things I have learned along the way. There are resources available now that I wish were available when my children were younger. There were also missed opportunities for me. There were programs available my children would have benefited from, but I simply didn’t know about them..

The mission of Grow Grand Island’s P.A.R.E.N.T initiative is to eliminate those missed opportunities. We want to provide parent assistance, resources, education and tips to create successful students and families. We want to get timely and relevant information into the hands of the people who need it.

The Oct. 21 event will include more than 30 vendors on site to provide information on everything from educational, financial, and wellness opportunities that exist right here in our community. Oh, and I almost forgot, you can register for some great door prizes while you are there! Who can say “no” to free stuff?

Jenny Pokorny co-chairs Grow Grand Island’s P.A.R.E.N.T initiative. She is an assistant director for the annuity call center at Principal.

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