By: Vanessa Armstrong/
I started working at Lenawee Great Start back in December 2015 and our first big event was the Preschool Fair that we hosted at the Adrian Mall. I’d never been to this event myself, but I was really excited when I heard about it! What a great way for parents to get more information about preschools in a low stress environment. Throughout the registration process for local preschools, one theme continued, we had a lot of agencies/businesses that offered so much to Lenawee’s Children, but didn’t really have an avenue to get that information out to a large group of people and they really wanted to be involved in our Preschool Fair. Once all was said and done, we had just as many preschools as local agencies that had registered for the Preschool Fair and we started to think about ways to make this more of a community event. We approached the participants of the preschool fair to see if they would be interested in coming together to form a committee to expand this event!
The next few months we started doing some research, Monroe, Hillsdale and Jackson counties all have similar festivials that honor and support their children. It became clear that expanding the event might actually be possible. Over the summer we had the first Celebrating Lenawee’s Children Committee meeting, that consisted of a wonderful group of community members.
Thanks to Old National Bank and so many other amazing sponsors we are so excited to bring you Celebrating Lenawee’s Children on Saturday, March 11th at the Adrian Mall, from 10-2 p.m. Everyone that completes one of the punch cards for the event will be entered in a drawing for the AMAZING Door Prizes that we have, at last count we had almost 20 prizes! Buffalo Wild Wings donated 2-$25 Gift Certificates to go with their sauce crates, The Centre donated 2- 6 Month Family Passes, we have a Gift Basket from Hopscotch Kids, as well as great gift set’s from Lemongrass Spa. In addition Team Gear baskets from Amazing Creations, and much more!!
The first 100 children who attend the event will receive a free t-shirt! The design on the t-shirts is from our First Place t-shirt contest winner, 9 year old Andy Jameson! We will have live entertainment, a K-9 officer demonstration, a band, local dance studios and so much more!
We have over 50 booths that will have either a fun hands on activity, craft or give away item for your children! We will also have door prizes donated by local businesses and organizations!
The Law Enforcement Education Program (LEEP) will be on hand to create FREE child identification kits. Some of our favorite storybook friends will be there to take photos with your children, Pete the Cat, Curious George, Clifford, and a few others!
We are all so excited to be putting this awesome event on and hope it becomes a staple in Lenawee County for years to come.
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