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Rippowam Middle School to host event

Stamford, CT | Added on October 09, 2012 At 04:21 PM

The 17th annual Kids Day America/International is taking place this Saturday, Oct. 13 and Stamford is getting involved this year. On Kids Day, hundreds of communities worldwide participate in educating children and families on health, safety, and environmental awareness issues that affect people and the communities they live in. 

This year, the Prenatal and Pediatric Holistic Health Center of the Stamford Chiropractic Center is organizing and sponsoring Kids Day America in Stamford at Rippowam Middle School. The event will benefit the Kids in Crisis organization, a 24-hour emergency shelter that provides crises counseling and community education for children and parents in Fairfield County.


Elissa Diamond-Fields, family chiropractor at the Stamford Chiropractic Center and organizer of the event, said this is Stamford's first time participating in Kids Day. 


"I just thought it'd be great to bring it to the community," said Diamond-Fields, who said Mayor Michael Pavia officially proclaimed Oct. 13 as Kids Day America in Stamford. 


During the event, important information regarding children's health, crime prevention, child safety, and environmental issues will be distributed. The Stamford Police Department will provide free fingerprinting and the Stamford Fire Department will provide information on fire safety. The Stamford Chiropractic Center will give free health and spinal screenings and distribute information on disease prevention. 


Free snacks, giveaways, and professional child safety ID cards will be provided at the event. Children will have the opportunity to venture onto a fire truck, meet characters such as Sponge Bob and Winnie the Pooh, jump in a bouncy house, get their faces painted, and more. There will be fitness, karate, and dance demonstrations throughout the day and families will have a chance to take professional holiday family photos with the proceeds benefiting charity. 


In addition, local individuals and public officials will be honored with Child Empowerment Awards for the work they've done with children in the community. According to Diamond-Fields, those who will be honored include Kids in Crisis managing director Denise Qualey; Board of Education member Beryl Williams; Jonathan Hoch, chief community officer of the Domus Foundation; Caroline Ward, youth services coordinator at Ferguson Library; and founder of Backyard Humanitarian, Angela Malizia.


Rippowam Middle School is on 381 High Ridge Rd. This free event will be held from from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the school's gym.

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