ELIZABETHTOWN — The Elizabethtown Police Department and Elizabethtown Fire Department are teaming up to show children how much they’re valued.
Saturday, May 6, will mark the 11th year of Kids Appreciation Day, a coordinated effort to build rapport with the community.
“There’s a lot going on today in a negative sense that impacts kids, and we want to do something they can have fun with,” said Elizabethtown Lt. Dwayne Cheshire. “We’re trying to build rapport with the community and let them know the fire department and the police department and emergency services are here to help them. We hope the community can see us in a positive light.”
Depending on the weather, anywhere from a few hundred to five or six hundred may turn out for the opportunity to interact with the departments.
The event will include a presentations by at least one K-9 unit, a skateboarding demonstration by Fayetteville’s DaVille Skate Shop on the skateboard ramp, face painting and pony rides. In addition, Bounce Brothers will be supplying bounce houses for children to enjoy. Bicycles — with helmets included, of course — will be given away.
A DJ will be playing music for entertainment, and there will be plenty of goodies to enjoy. Snow cones, hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, and nachos are just a few of the food offerings. Cheshire said he is hoping for other carnival-type food vendors.
Kids Appreciation Day T-shirts in both children and adult sizes will be available for purchase.
In addition to all the goodies, some competitions are planned during the day. A home-run derby and a free-throw competition will take place, with trophies being awarded to the winners of each.
“It’s going to be a fun day,” commented Cheshire.
Informational booths from various emergency departments will be on hand, as will fingerprinting kits for parents wanting the opportunity for their children.
Cheshire said folks are encouraged to bring the family and come out and enjoy the day. Kids Appreciation Day will take place from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. behind the municipal building in Elizabethtown.
“We don’t make any money off this — it’s just for the community,” he said.
The day’s activities are made possible by Ace Towing, BB&T, BladenOnline, Bladen County Parks and Recreation, Bladen Crisis Center, CAB Marketing, Campbell Oil, Cape Fear Heating and Cooling, CresCom Bank, Domino’s Pizza, Emereau Charter School, First Source Staffing, Goody’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Lower Cape Fear Hospice, Melvin’s Restaurant, Southeastern Automotive, and Walmart.
Chrysta Carroll can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.