Metropolitan Community College-Blue River again will focus on the children Saturday.
Blue River's seventh annual free "All For The Children" family resource fair and 5K run/walk, which will feature a large Easter egg hunt, is scheduled for 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday at the campus in eastern Independence.
Kim Glackin, the event coordinator and MCC-Blue River psychology instructor, said All For The Children is both a celebration of childhood and an opportunity to bring awareness to the problem of child abuse. The event aims to support children and families through fun activities for kids, resources and information for parents and giveaways.
“Our students have worked very hard to put together this festival to celebrate the children in our community,” Glackin said. “We hope everyone will come out and enjoy the day with us.”
She added that about five children die every day in the United States because of child abuse or neglect. Factors that contribute to child abuse include poverty, financial stresses, lack of knowledge about parenting skills and child development, and the use of drugs and alcohol around children, she said.
The event begins at 10 a.m. outside Blue River's Arts & Sciences Building, and the 10,000-egg “Eggstravaganza” hunt will begin at approximately 11 a.m. Admission and all activities are free.
Before the fair gets underway, the 5K run/walk will begin at 8:30 a.m., with check-in starting at 7:30. Registration fee is $30 for the public; $20 for current MCC students; and $10 for kids under 12. Register and pay in advance at mcckc.edu/events/all-for-the-children. Proceeds benefit All For The Children to help finance next year's event.
In addition to the Easter egg hunt and the 5K, the fair will feature food and music and:
• Free self-defense classes for kids from MCC-Blue River’s Public Safety Institute.
• Guatemalan worry dolls handmade by a Blue River Spanish class (the dolls are said to help ease the mind and release worries).
• MCC-Blue River student presentations and projects on health, wellness and other topics.
• Informational booths from community agencies that support families and children.
• Free haircuts for children.
• Free smoke detectors.
• The Blue Springs School District’s W.E.E. Learning Bus, a roaming computer lab for kids.
• Free home lead testing kits from the Kansas City Health Department.
• Display of artwork by students at Little Blue Elementary School.
• Gun lock giveaways by the Independence Police Department.
• Dental screenings for children and adults by Priority Dental.
• Free loaves of Wonder Bread.
To learn more about this year’s event, visit mcckc.edu/events/all-for-the-children. Sponsors include MCC-Blue River Student Government Association, Blue River Student Activities Council and Elite Cuisine.