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Child, Family Awareness Month celebrates families, children

4/3/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

To pay tribute to the 27-year history of Child and Family Awareness Month, a display of signs bearing the logos and prize-winning slogans from each yearly celebration is on display on the Summit County Children Services front lawn. The display shown above is from the 25th anniversary celebration.
Photo courtesy of Summit County Children Services
SUMMIT COUNTY — “A Family Is a Tool That Can Fix Everything” is the theme of this year’s 27th Annual “Child and Family Awareness Month,” a month-long celebration of children and families coordinated by Summit County Children Services (SCCS), along with more than 150 local agencies, organizations, places of worship, businesses and individuals.

According to organizers, Child and Family Awareness Month is dedicated to building a solid foundation of community support for children and families and helps raise the awareness of child abuse prevention.

In addition to the month’s Featured Public Event — the Summit Mall Family Expo April 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. — this year’s array of events also includes:

  • Wear Blue to Work Day, April 9: Each year, SCCS receives more than 10,000 calls of concern involving the well-being of a child. Agency officials invite all area businesses, agencies and organizations to partner with them in raising awareness about child abuse prevention by participating in Wear Blue to Work Day. For more information, call 330-379-2090, visit www.summitkids.org or follow SCCS on Facebook.
  • Senior Fair for Grandparents and Grandchildren, April 10, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Village of Anna Dean, in Barberton, and April 15, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Edgewood Village, in West Akron, presented in part by Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority and SCCS: Participants can get information on available community programs and resources. Grandparents are welcome to bring their grandchildren and enjoy playing games and participating in activities together. Blood pressure and cholesterol checks also will be available. Light refreshments will be provided. These events are free. For more information, call 330-379-1871.
  • Parent Training Event, “Taking the Learning Outdoors,” April 10, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Akron-Summit County Main Library Children’s Library, in Downtown Akron, presented by Akron-Summit County Public Library and Child Care Connection, with trainers Laura McFalls and Trish Saylor, Akron-Summit County Public Library staff members: According to organizers, outdoor play assists with children’s overall well-being, development and academics. Time spent outdoors also can contribute to improved physical fitness and health and can reduce stress. Participants will learn how to replace 30 minutes a day of screen time with 30 minutes of outdoor play. This free event will discuss how families can get children back to nature, no matter where they live. Space is limited to 20 parents and 20 children; children must be 3 and older. To make a reservation, call SCCS at 330-379-2090.
  • Family Fun Walk, April 12, 10 a.m., Akron Zoo, in West Akron, sponsored by the Akron Zoo, OMNOVA Solutions Foundation and Akron Tool and Die: Families will be able to enjoy activity stations set up along the walk route, and those who complete the activities will receive a lanyard and special Family Fun Walk pin. All of the free tickets are gone; however, families are still invited to participate, and the cost is $5 per person, which can be paid the day of the event. (Zoo memberships cannot be accepted for this special event.) The event will be held regardless of weather.
  • Summit Mall Family Expo, April 26, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Summit Mall, in Fairlawn, sponsored by The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., Summit County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board, Ohio Guidestone, Summit County Juvenile Court, Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board, N.E. Ohio Parent Magazine and SCCS: This event will be a day of family entertainment, information and resource displays, plus activities and prizes. Families can watch local entertainer Christopher Milo perform on the event stage at noon and 3 p.m., and children can meet Clifford the Big Red Dog and receive a free book while supplies last.

In addition, throughout April’s celebration, hundreds of colorful “Pinwheels for Prevention” will spin on the grounds of SCCS in South Akron and other community locations to celebrate the lives of children and to encourage prompt reporting of child abuse and neglect.

Also during April, to pay tribute to the 27-year history of Child and Family Awareness Month, a display of large signs bearing the logos and prize-winning slogans from each yearly celebration will be on display on the agency’s front lawn at 264 S. Arlington St.

For more details, call SCCS at 330-379-2090, visit www.summitkids.org or check out the Child and Family Awareness Month Facebook page.

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