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News and Notes from KidsPeace

Labor Day pool party, luau planned on Orchard Hills Campus

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Pool party

Children and teenagers on the Orchard Hills Campus in Pennsylvania will enjoy an end-of-summer pool party and luau for Labor Day.

 

The fun kicks off at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the TEC pool, which has been turned into a cruise ship for the event. Staff members should register their units to reserve a spot for the event.

 

The boys will swim from 10:30 a.m. to noon with a cookout to follow. The girls' time slot will start at 2 p.m. All participants should bring swimsuits and towels.

 

Planned events include a musical hula hoop contest, the limbo, wacky water relays, beach volleyball, a splash contest and free swim. The cookout will be capped wth Sno-Cones.

 

The event is sponsored by the KidsPeace Facilities & Recreation Departments.

Alcohol Awareness Site on TeenCentral.Net and ParentCentral.Net

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The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board awarded KidsPeace a grant to produce a section for both TeenCentral.Net and ParentCentral.Net on Underage Drinking Awareness.

 

We have completed these sections and they are filled with very important information. Teens can benefit from this interactive section and can learn about the dangers of drinking and even why it is best to avoid it. Most people don't even realize when they have a problem and this complicates their situation because unless they realize there is a problem, they can't take steps to correct it. When teens go partying and overindulge, they often lose their ability to make good decisions. They can get into fights, end up with alcohol poisoning and even drive while under the influence. Any one of these can, at best, complicate their lives. At worst, it can take their lives.

 

Now, this is not meant to scare our teens or their parents, it is simply stating the facts. Both teens and parents have to learn as much as they can so that one or the other can make the best choices. Teens can learn why they should avoid drinking and parents can help the teens if and when they start to show signs of a problem. Recognizing a problem early is key to avoiding major issues later. Parents can learn how to deal with a son or daughter who is  experimenting or even involved with alcohol and how to get them help. While this may appear to be overkill, any time you deal with something that can potentially cause harm to a loved one or they can be responsible for hurting someone else, you can never do too much.

 

TeenCentral.Net is here for your teens and now, through ParentCentral.Net, we are here for parents. Together we can make some great changes and help our teens grow to their fullest potential. Log on -- work it out.

Celebrate National KidsDay by giving time to a child

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Sunday is National KidsDay, a chance for adults to spend more meaningful time spent with children.

 

KidsPeace created National KidsDay in 1994 to celebrate childhood, demonstrate our commitment to nurturing children and prepare our kids for a healthy, happy future. KidsPeace wants to help build a nation where every child is strong, resilient and happy, surrounded by trusted adults who allow them the freedom to be kids.

 

KidsPeace proudly celebrates 130 years of helping children, families and communities overcome crisis. National KidsDay, which was recognized by the U.S. Congress and endorsed by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, is a simply reminder of children’s year-round need for quality interaction with adults.

 

So don’t delay. KidsPeace encourages all parents, grandparents and other caregivers to make a date with a child today and take time to participate in an activity that builds trust and love.

 

Not sure where to begin? Remember, you don’t have to spend a lot (or any) money on KidsDay. It’s about giving of your time. Here are some ideas for how to celebrate:

  • Have a family scavenger hunt.
  • Take a trip down memory lane by looking at old photographs and sharing stories.
  • Create coupons booklets and tell children they can redeem them for fun activities throughout the year.
  • Prepare a meal together.
  • Have a family game night or head to the park for a round of kickball, basketball or even tag.
  • Throw a National KidsDay party, and invite family, friends and neighbors to share in the special day.

Have more ideas? Leave a comment and tell us how you plan to celebrate this year.

 

 
   
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