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To the editor:

The 14th annual Children’s Day was a wonderful success!

The sunny day was enjoyed by about 1,000 children and caregivers from all over Whidbey Island. Children bounced, flew down slides, played games, climbed a rock pinnacle, played music, tried out stilts, ate lunch and got their cheeks painted. Fifty giving community members (from 30 local organizations and including high school youths) spent the day providing activities, serving food, entertaining, working the inflatables and connecting with parents. Rounding out the all-star team of champions for children, the South Whidbey Kiwanis served 850 lunches (for free) and the Navy provided a 25-foot-high rock climbing wall, which was a big hit this year; the list goes on.

We at South Whidbey Parks & Recreation received many calls in August and September from folks concerned that Children’s Day may not continue due to the lack of funding for the Children’s Commission through Island County Public Health, the organization which in prior years had provided much of the funding and spear-headed this event.

We were delighted to tell them that thanks to many and the generosity of our ongoing partners, Children’s Day would continue even during these difficult financial times.

Children’s Day is well supported by organizations like Island County Public Health, Childcare Resource & Referral, Sno-Isle Library, United Way of Island County, South Whidbey Children’s Center, Partners for Young Children and by foundations such as Thrive-By-Five and Foundation for Early Learning and local businesses like Good Cheer and Walmart. Generous individuals gave through direct donations, in-kind contributions, and (all-too precious) time.

Thank you all for helping to make the day one that was summarized over and over again as simply “fun!” We are fortunate to live in a community that cares about children and families, and where families care about the importance of play.

For more information about supporting the annual Children’s Day event, please contact Bess Windecker-Nelson at besswn@whidbey.com.

CARRIE MONFORTE AND TERRI ARNOLD

South Whidbey Parks & Recreation District

BESS WINDECKER-NELSON

Partners for Young Children

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