Olivet Day Fosters Adult-Child Relationships

POTTSTOWN PA – An upcoming annual “Day For Kids” event held by the Olivet Boys & Girls Clubs at Ricketts Community Center, 640 Beech St., is an attempt to prove that “one day can change a child’s future,” Olivet chief development officer Heather Moyer said Friday (Sept. 11, 2015), and is part of a nationwide effort that encourages adults to spend meaningful time with kids.

This year’s Day For Kids will be held Sept. 26 (Saturday) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the center, and features games, prizes, face-painting, food, music, and opportunities to register to join the club. It is open to the public.

With events like Day For Kids, Moyer said, Olivet hopes to change “the opportunity equation for kids in our community, enabling them to achieve a great future.” It’s a fun way, she added, for adults to re-live their childhood and for children to “foster stronger relationships with caring mentors.”

The club’s goal: “enable kids and teens to reach their full potential by staying on track to graduate, demonstrating good character and citizenship and practicing healthy lifestyles,” Moyer said.

Olivet’s Pottstown Unit director, Nelson Leon, cites national statistics that indicate supporting kids and teens is a critical issue. “Today’s generation is estimated to be worse off than their parents. Our nation’s graduation rate ranks 22nd among 28 countries, and three of 10 kids are obese or overweight. One in five American kids live in poverty. This is a cycle we are trying to break,” he said.

The Day for Kids is part of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Great Futures Campaign. For more information on the event, or on the Olivet Boys & Girls Clubs at Ricketts, call Leon at 484-945-1020.

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