Centerstone Co-Hosts Kids Fest to Help Make Child Abuse Prevention a Priority in April

Event at Shady Brook Mall to Feature Family Fun, Carnival Activities

Columbia, Tenn. — Children will enjoy carnival-style entertainment and adults will get tips on good parenting at Kids Fest, a free event on Saturday, April 30. The event is sponsored by the Responsible Parenting Project of Centerstone, Tennessee’s leading provider of behavioral health services, and the Family Center, a child abuse prevention agency. The festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Shady Brook Mall.

“Our goal for this first Kids Fest is to provide a fun atmosphere for families that also gives adults the opportunity to learn about appropriate and responsible parenting,” said Renee Leach, Regional Intervention Program Coordinator at Centerstone. “Giving parents the tools necessary to do their jobs well not only helps prevent child abuse and neglect, it also helps create happy families.”

The Kids on the Block puppet troupe, local school music groups and favorite cartoon characters will perform throughout Kids Fest. Children’s advocacy organizations will have booths set up in the center court of the mall to provide informational materials for parents and games and prizes for the younger set. Family-oriented vendors will also have booths offering their products and services.

Throughout the month of April, children ages 1 to 9 can participate in a coloring contest with the theme “In Loving Hands Kids Blossom.” Entries can be picked up at the Shady Brook Mall, YMCA and the Pediatric Clinic. Turn in completed entries to the mall by April 23rd. Winning entries will be displayed at Kids Fest.

For more information about the Child Abuse Prevention Month, the coloring contest or Kids Fest, call The Family Center at (931) 388-3840 or Responsible Parenting at (931) 490-1557.

The Family Center is a non-profit child abuse prevention agency that provides education and support through several programs: case management, Positive Parenting classes, Budgeting class, Community Resource Connection, 211 and Good Samaritan. The Center’s mission is to improve and strengthen the quality of life for families.