Nearly 500 people attended the 3rd Annual Learn & Play Day with United Way on Saturday, March 30.
Learn & Play Day with United Way on March 30 at LifePoint Church attracted nearly 500 kids and adults to enjoy free family fun. Sponsored by Volvo Construction Equipment, the day was filled with crafts, coloring, learning activities, meeting firefighters and police officers, reading, and more.
“When a child succeeds in school, everyone wins. This is why United Way prioritizes early learning, and we will continue to support local childhood development programs and to offer events like Learn & Play Day for all families in our community to enjoy.”
“We are thrilled so many families joined us to have fun playing and learning together,” said Amy Hicks, executive director of United Way of Franklin County. “Our goal with this event is not only to offer free fun for families, but to also provide families access to local resources aiding in children’s development.”
Twenty-five local organizations participated in Learn & Play Day by offering a kids’ activity and sharing information about their services. Vendors included childcare and pre-K providers, health care organizations, local first responders, services for special needs children, and more. The Lions Club was also on site providing free vision and hearing screenings.
“Parents are busy and might not always know how to find quality childcare, or what health care is available to them, or how to find help identifying potential developmental delays. At Learn & Play Day we create a welcoming, no-pressure environment for parents to interact with local service providers to learn more about resources that may be a good fit for their child and family,” said Hicks.
In addition, the event featured more free fun with an inflatable obstacle course, inflatable playground, Touch-A-Truck, a coloring wall, and a reading corner with story times.
Near the end of the event, there were door prize drawings for adults and kids. Over 40 prizes were distributed, including a kids’ bicycle from Dick’s Sporting Goods valued at $110, and a Corelle dish set for eight valued at $170.
United Way of Franklin County is committed to the development of every child in our community. United Way supports local programs working with young children to meet and exceed development benchmarks, helping children learn skills and engage in activities that prepare them for school and life.
“When a child succeeds in school, everyone wins. This is why United Way prioritizes early learning, and we will continue to support local childhood development programs and to offer events like Learn & Play Day for all families in our community to enjoy,” said Hicks.
To learn more about United Way’s mission and impact, visit www.uwfcpa.org.