WFRC hosts Children’s Festival
The WFRC festival, held in the school gym at Fletcher Walker Elementary, provided children a multitude of games and activities during the four hours the doors were open and adults found information on agencies and programs that focus on the needs of children.
Dandy the Smokeless Dragon made an appearance to encourage children not to smoke cigarettes. The Lassen County Tobacco Education Program also had a table of literature on the hazards of smoking, including the health risks of secondhand smoke, as well as information on steps to conquer the cigarette habit.
Lesa Van Meter and William Paul from Lassen Family Services brought along three rubber chickens and metal pots for a tossing game. Children who tossed a chicken into a pot received a prize.
They promoted several of their services for children including the “Child Abuse Treatment Program” that provides free therapy, legal assistance and therapeutically beneficial social activities to children who are victims of abuse along with their parent or guardian.
The agency is promoting its Kid’s Day Kamp that will take place June 25-29 at the Lassen County Fair Grounds. The camp is for children ages 9-12 who are victims of child abuse and is free.
Mountain Circle Family Services was represented by Jennifer Franklin who provided small ceramic figurines for children to paint as well as nameplates. Franklin said foster parents are needed in the Westwood area.
Teresa Votaw and Athena Olsen from the USDA WIC Program provided information on this government service for low-income women, infants and children up to age five who are at nutritional risk. The program provides nutritious foods to supplement diets, information on healthy eating and referrals to health care.
This agency brought along a monkey target that read “I’m Ape for You.” Children threw felt bananas at to win a prize.
Girl Scouts were represented by two troops from Westwood. The Junior Girl Scout Troop 208 had a face-painting booth and Brownie Troop 1266 had a cupcake walk.
Calvary Chapel Westwood had a beanbag toss and also explained the salvation message via a bead bracelet.
The WFRC also gave families an opportunity to learn more about the services they provide. During the center’s weekly hours of operation that are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon on Friday, people can drop by to use the fax machine, copier or computer, obtain information about services offered by county agencies and other organizations and get help filling out forms.
The center offers several weekly programs in addition to special events and workshops. On April 26 it opened an after school program in partnership with the Lassen County Office of Education. This free program provides educational, recreational activities and homework assistance in a safe and caring environment.
At the Children’s Festival the WFRC operated a bounce house and served sandwiches and cake to all who attended.
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