MARTHA K. SEAGLE, STAFF WRITER
WoodMill Festival Grounds in Vale will host the third annual Family Spooktacular on Saturday to raise awareness about the Partnership for Children of Gaston and Lincoln County and the services it provides.
The event begins at noon and goes until 4 p.m. at the WoodMill Festival Grounds, located at 1350 WoodMill Winery Lane. It is geared toward families with young children and includes a free hot dog lunch.
â€œWe are excited to host the third annual Family Spooktacular for residents of Lincoln and Gaston Counties and beyond,â€ said Steve Eaton, Executive Director of the Partnership for Children of Lincoln & Gaston Counties.
â€œThis event will be a fun-filled afternoon for families with lots of important information about the Smart Start-funded services we provide for the community.â€
Each direct service provider of a Smart Start-funded project will have a booth featuring a free childrenâ€™s activity. Kids can learn about dental health and play Healthy Hopscotch or make Jack Oâ€™ Lanterns with the agencyâ€™s direct service providers.
While children enjoy these activities, parents will be able to learn more about different Smart Start-funded projects, which include the Very Important Parents Program in Gaston County, the Adolescent Parenting Program in Lincoln County, and the Family Resource Center in Lincoln County.
There will be something to do for children of all ages. Free activities include games, a costume parade, a bounce house, a petting zoo, a cupcake walk, a fitness trail and trunk or treat. A fire truck, police car and ambulance will be onsite for the children to view.
Pony rides will also be available for a small fee, provided by the petting zoo. A silent auction will be available to raise funds to support the Partnershipâ€™s work.
The Partnership for Children of Lincoln & Gaston Counties works to:
Assure that all working families have access to high-quality affordable child care.
Make sure that all local children from birth to five years of age have access to affordable health care and are being raised in safe and healthy environments.
Ensure that working parents are supported and strengthened in their role as childrenâ€™s primary caregiver.
Promote communication and collaboration, and provide assessment and evaluation of programs that target families with young children to ensure a true Partnership for Children.
For more information on the Partnership for Children, call (704) 922-0900 or visit www.pfclg.com.