Collaborative for Colchester's Children hosts first Family Fun Day

By Kevin Hotary - Staff Writer
Colchester - posted Mon., May. 9, 2011
Joey completes a portion of the obstacle course at Family Fun Day. Photos by Kevin Hotary.
Joey completes a portion of the obstacle course at Family Fun Day. Photos by Kevin Hotary.

The Collaborative for Colchester’s Children (C3) hosted its first Family Fun Day at the Colchester Recreation Complex last Saturday, providing hours of fun family activities, ranging from face-painting and hula-hooping to video game exercises and an obstacle course. In addition, a number of different groups hosted booths providing information on how to live a healthy, active life.

“It’s all an attempt to get kids moving and eating a little healthier,” said Kathy Slade, the Family Supports team leader for C3. Children ages 8 and under received a stamp on a checklist whenever they visited a particular booth or participated in an activity. After a number of stamps had been collected, the children could collect a certificate and a ticket providing a chance to win a door prize.

The video game exercise activity, manned by volunteer Caylin Pollard, was particularly popular, with groups of kids vying for one of the Wii controllers and the opportunity to move to the prompts projected onto a screen.

“Ten minutes of this is like 3 miles of walking,” said a breathless Pollard at the end of one exercise.  

C3 was conceived in 2008 as a partnership between town officials, residents, early childhood care groups and other organizations, with the mission of improving the chances for the future success of local children by improving their current quality of life. Funded by a joint grant from the State Department of Education and the William C. Graustein Memorial fund, C3 “is working to improve the lives of Colchester children,” said C3 coordinator Shelly Flynn. The group focuses on three areas - early care and education, family supports and health and wellness - following a blueprint developed through community input, collecting raw information through surveys and determining how to interpret the results through discussion.

“Data is good. But we also needed the story behind the data,” said Flynn.

This was the group’s first Family Fun Day, which was intended to “promote health awareness throughout the community,” said Flynn, adding that if it is successful, the organization hopes to grow the event from year to year.


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