Dancing, reading part of fun-filled day

Kereiakes Park plays host to annual Stand for Children event

Saturday, June 19, 2004

A sea of children dressed in brightly colored T-shirts ran eagerly to an open space at Kereiakes Park on Friday morning, where they lined up to await instructions.

They didnt have to wait long.

Slide to the left, slide to the right, called out the rapper on Cha Cha Slide. Take it back now, yall, cha cha now, yall.

It was one of several activities during American Bank and Trusts Stand for Children Day. Other activities included face painting, art projects, games, local celebrities reading to the participants, a tour of a fire engine, performances by the Bowling Green Public Librarys Storytelling and Drama Troupe and a visit from the librarys mobile branch.

This event focuses on the children the ultimate resource of the community, said Debi Jordan, executive director for Bowling Green-Warren County Community Education, which organizes the event. They are our future. If we dont make sure they have a good environment, then we short-change not only our community, but them as well.

Anne Grubbs, Community Education enrichment coordinator, agreed.

We want to highlight the needs of the children so that they will grow up to be productive citizens and keep Bowling Green going.

The theme Extra! Extra! Read All About It! was chosen to promote literacy, Grubbs said. Many of the organizations donated books to the event.

Reading, understanding and communication are the keys to life, she said. If children cant read, they suffer.

Grubbs estimated that because of overcast skies the crowd may have been down slightly from the 500 that came last year.

There are still children coming in, though, she said as she watched more children get off buses.

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