On Saturday, May 17, the Madison County Child Advocacy Center presented its third annual Kids Health Safety and Activity Fair with Riverbend Family Ministries and the Madison County Mental Health Board as presenting sponsors.
The day began at Alton Square Mall with several families and vendors dispersed throughout the mall’s lower level. Not only were there resources available regarding local organizations such as Call for Help and Raven, there were activities for children. Some children had their faces painted, some played games, and some got to make and color their own pinwheel at the Child Advocacy Center’s Booth. With several generous sponsorships, bike helmets were given away to children to keep them safe while bike riding. Several area businesses used this time to raise awareness of their organization but also the services that they provide to children and families.
On the 1st Mid America Credit Union Stage, there were all sorts of musical and variety acts. Local author Debbie Morris read an excerpt from her new book, “I Can Do Anything,” that spoke to children of all ages. The 618 Singers from Alton High performed a variety of contemporary songs and the youth band Heartspoken performed some amazing songs. To wrap things up, instructors from Fitness and Fun in Bethalto were in attendance to teach the audience a short dance routine.
For families and children that wanted to get outside, there were plenty of things to see and do. The Alton Robotics Club had robot demonstrations throughout the day, while the Alton Fire Department brought out one of their fire trucks for children to view. St. Louis Children’s Hospital landed their Kids Flight Helicopter at noon and allowed children to see what it looked like on the inside. The Collinsville Police Department gave a K-9 Presentation that showcased how police dogs apprehend suspects and the other ways that they help the officers.
The annual event is tentatively set to be in April 2015 at the same location. For more information on the event or the Madison County Child Advocacy Center. For information, visit www.madco-cac.org or our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/madco-cac.