In its 13th year, Jackson County Family Week is the longest running family project in the United States, something Diane Mack is proud to share.

In its 13th year, Jackson County Family Week is the longest running family project in the United States, something Diane Mack is proud to share.


“We have something to be proud of in Jackson County,” said the longtime coordinator of Jackson County Family Week.


Family Week started in 1998 as a project at Cordill-Mason Elementary in Blue Springs.


It now is a countywide event that focuses on increasing the amount of time a family spends together, always “putting families first.”


This year’s family week is April 17 to 23.


The weeklong event kicks off with the Family of the Year Dinner and Reception April 12 at Blue Springs High School.


The banquet serves as a way to honor and recognize those families nominated for the family of the year award. Since the event’s inception, more than 500 families have been honored.


The first-place winner will receive $25 and will read their essays on KCMO 94.9 with Dick Wilson and Company as well as at the family of the year reception. The second-place winner receives $20 and the third-place winner receives $15.


For more information on the 2011 Jackson County Family Week, visit its Web site at www.jacksoncountyfamilyweek.org.