Community relives childhood at Boys & Girls Clubs Day For Kids

Special to The Log

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast is gearing up to celebrate its annual Day for Kids event to highlight the critical needs of kids and teens in the community. Today, too many youth are facing serious issues that can deprive them of a happy healthy childhood and negatively impact their future. Day for Kids celebrates the life changing work taking place at Boys & Girls Clubs each day by encouraging adults to spend meaningful time with young people and engage in fun and active play.

This year’s Day for Kids will be celebrated with more than 700 parents and kids participating in the event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Fort Walton Beach Landing. It will be a day full of family fun, arts and crafts, educational and athletic games and free food and admission. For more information visit dayforkids.org or call Rob Engel at 850-862-1616.

Day for Kids aligns with Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast overall initiative to help kids and teens become more actively engaged in their community, live a healthy lifestyle and achieve academic success. The "play" incorporated in the Day for Kids event fosters creativity, imagination, exploration and helps kids develop and master various skills.

Day for Kids is also part of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Great Futures Campaign. The Great Futures Campaign aims to redefine the opportunity equation for America’s kids and call attention to the critical role of out-of-school time in reversing the negative trends facing today’s youth. With the public’s support, Boys & Girls Clubs will inspire and empower more kids toward success through life-changing programs and resources.