Stand for Children Day to feature activities for all

Western Kentucky University’s South Lawn will be turned into a place for children to play and adults to learn Thursday morning for the 14th annual Stand for Children Day from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

“It’s the most kid-friendly event around,” said Debi Wade Jordan, executive director of Community Education, which puts on the event. “There’s all sorts of things for them to do. The kids have a ball.”

While the kids are being entertained, the adults can learn about a variety of services in our area.

The event will include music, games, a scavenger hunt, face painting, water games and more.

“We have a lot of fun activities and we are able to provide information on services,” Jordan said.

On Monday, organizers and sponsors of the event gathered at Bowling Green City Hall for a ribbon-cutting and proclamation reading that declared this Stand for Children Week.

Warren County Judge-Executive Mike Buchanon and Bowling Green City Commissioner Brian “Slim” Nash read the proclamation.

“Bowling Green and Warren County have celebrated Stand for Children Day each year since 1998,” Buchanon said. “It’s a safe day of celebration and education.”

Anne Grubbs, enrichment and volunteer coordinator for Community Education, thanked everyone involved in helping with the day, especially the two main sponsors, the Bowling Green Kiwanis Club and American Bank and Trust.

Nash was there to represent the city and the Kiwanis Club.

“I’m proud to be part of the Kiwanis Club, an organization that supports children every day and supports children in this particular way,” Nash said.

Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce Chairman Rodney Rogers said Stand for Children Day is “another example of what makes Bowling Green and Warren County the best pace to live, work and go to school.”

“Investing in our children is investing in our future,” Rogers added.

All games and activities at the event are free and Grubbs said almost 1,000 people usually attend. Booths with information and fun activities for kids will be set up all around the South Lawn and children will receive a free drawstring backpack. Free parking is available at the Pearce-Ford Lot off Normal Drive.

The theme this year is “Go Green!” and there will be information and events related to that theme. Community Education is also hosting a book drive that morning and guests are invited to drop off books, which will be given to children in our community.

Grubbs said they are looking forward to another great year.

“Come out and enjoy the heat with us,” Grubbs said.

— For more information, call Community Education at 842-4281.


Cassady, Pam (2011, June). Stand for Children Day to feature activities for all. Bowling Green Daily News. Retrieved from