B&G hosts Saturday’s Dungeness Kids Fair

Sequim Gazette staff

Consider the event a friendly push toward the start of school.


With the theme of “Off To A Great Start,” the Aug. 24 Dungeness Kids Fair is packed with resources for youths and families seeking a good start to the upcoming school year.


Hosted by the Sequim Boys & Girls Club from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., the fair features activities and services for youths of all ages, including book, games, traditional school supplies, local preschool information, car seat checks, secure child IDs, face painting, food, haircuts, entertainment, a silent auction and more.


“This is a really special time for kids to think about school, even for preschool kids,” said Cynthia Martin, Parenting Matters Foundation president. “We’re trying to help the families who are having a hard time coming up with supplies for school. It’s an exciting time.”


Parenting Matters’ First Teacher, which will have a planting project for youths at the event, is putting on the fair. First Teacher is a program geared for parents and caregivers of children not in school as well as professionals working with families of young children.


The Clallam County Health Department is providing low-cost required immunizations to children and the Jamestown Family Health Clinic is providing sports physicals. Other local resources will be highlighted, including coming free child check screenings for children 18-36 months.


“I think that more and more, parents are beginning to realize they can’t just ignore school,” Martin said.

“You should do things are year long. This (fair) is also a way to have a very positive experience; You don’t want to make your kid sit down and do math or spelling. This should be a good-time event.”


Major event sponsors include the Sequim School District, Krush, KSQM, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Shaltry & Rudd Orthodontics and Jamestown Family Health Clinic. Other sponsors include Hallett Advisors, Alder Wood Bistro, Hi-Way 101 Diner and Anytime Fitness.


The fair is a continuation of youth-centered fairs First Teacher previously hosted at Carrie Blake Park’s Guy Cole Convention Center, but with a major change, Martin said: Instead of focusing on primarily the youngest students and preschool-aged youths, this year’s fair incorporates all student ages up to 18.


For more information, call First Teacher at 681-2250.


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