Founded in 1998 as a small event at Cordill-Mason Elementary school in Blue Springs, the event has grown into an annual community event focusing on increasing family time and as always, “putting families first.”

Spring not only brings warmer weather, but an annual Eastern Jackson County tradition 12 years in the making – Jackson County Family Week.


“Our purpose is to strengthen families in Jackson County,” said Diane Mack, founder of Family Week. “I think what still amazes me is the dedication I see in the community to putting the family first and focusing on increasing time together.”


Founded in 1998 as a small event at Cordill-Mason Elementary school in Blue Springs, the event has grown into an annual community event focusing on increasing family time and as always, “putting families first.” The 2010 Jackson County Family Week is April 18-24, with the Family of the Year Banquet on April 13 at Blue Springs High School.


Mack said once again, the main fundraiser for the week-long event will be the “Friends of the Family“ program. Started last year to take the place of the Family Week Golf Tournament, the program offers $150 sponsorships to area businesses. In return, businesses receive a Friends of the Family decal to display in their business. In addition, the business will be listed as a sponsor at the 2010 Family of the Year Banquet and on the Jackson County Family Week Web site.


As “Friends of the Family,” businesses are then encouraged to offer “in-store” family specials or “in-house” family activities during Family Week.


One of the more popular activities during Family Week continues to be the “Putting Families First Essay Contest. There are two categories this year, fourth and fifth graders as well as sixth and seventh graders. Essays should be no more than 200 words and be titled “My Family’s Crest and What it Stands For.” Students are then to design what they believe their family crest should look like.


Completed essays should be submitted to the Blue Springs Central Office by March 26. Awards will be presented for first-, second- and third-place winners. In addition, first-place winners will read their essays at the Family of the Year Banquet as well as on KCMO Oldies 95 with Dick Wilson and Company.


“The week will be filled with a Parks and Recreation Scavenger Hunt, and the Family Time contest, which is always popular,” Mack said. “It is certainly a week that is filled with ways to honor families.”