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Hundreds go to Kids Day

Posted: October 21, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 21, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Luke Franco, 2, is fingerprinted by his mother at the forensic ROP class booth at the 17th annual Kids Day America event held in the Edwards Cinema Parking Lot in Canyon Country on Saturday.

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Children were screened, fingerprinted, awarded and entertained at Saturday’s Kids Day America event in Canyon Country.

The event is part of an annual nationwide campaign to promote health awareness and disease prevention for children. This year’s event was sponsored by Faldmo Family Chiropractic in Canyon Country.

The event was based around four main booths, each representing a major emphasis of Kids Day such as health, safety and environmental awareness.

Taryn Hanneman, an employee at Faldmo Family Chiropractic who was also on the organizing committee, said Kids Day was on pace to attract at least 500 attendees, well above what she expected.

She also said the event, which was held in the Edwards Canyon Country Stadium 10 parking lot, was the first of its kind in the area, even though the national campaign is in its 17th year.

Hanneman said the event was geared to provide an “extra incentive” for children to look to stay healthy.

“We definitely wanted to have the fun stuff, but we also wanted to promote health first, safety first, the environment first,” Hanneman said.

Some of that “fun stuff” included a fire truck, where firefighters let children take hold of a fire hose and use the water to push around soccer balls, a stand giving out free cupcakes and the appearance of several cartoon characters, including Mickey Mouse and Elmo.

Laura Roque brought her three children to Kids Day. Her son 6-year-old Gilberto Roque said seeing the cartoon characters was enough to make him want to go.

“It’s all fun,” he said. “I’m glad we came here.”

Proceeds from Kids Day went to the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program.




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