PORT RICHEY — In Pasco County, so many helpful services and businesses can benefit both children and adults. The Boys and Girls Club of Pasco held a CommUNITY FUNdamentals Fair last Saturday to help sort it all out.
The objective of the event was to showcase community resources and many of the resources focused on helping kids improve themselves and assuring their safety.
All Children’s Hospital demonstrated the proper way to put a helmet. Videos were shown throughout the event about various safety topics, including drowning prevention.
Jana Mulholland, a community educator for All Children’s Hospital, used the fair to promote their “Safe Routes To School” campaign, especially on the importance of wearing helmets for not only elementary-age youngsters, but for all ages.
“Encouraging them to be good friends, good role models to one another is key,” Mulholland said. “You really feel like you’re making an impact.”
Other demonstrations included self-defense techniques shown by Sensei Chris Scura and his students from Suncoast Mixed Martial Arts.
Olivia Fortney attended the fair because her two daughters were in the Suncoast Mixed Martial Arts demonstration, and she enjoyed seeing the variety of local services and organizations.
“It’s just great to get the news out to the community that these types of programs are offered,” Fortney said.
Another business showcased at the fair was Lifespan Services, a company offering counseling and psychotherapy for all ages. Megan Wright, a mental health counselor intern at Lifespan, said the fair helps spread awareness and educate both the visitors and the local businesses. “You’re always learning something new.” she said.
Melissa Fuller is a probation officer supervisor at the Department of Juvenile Justice, which partners with the Boys and Girls Club. She said the organization provides a safe and fun environment for youngsters. “It promotes positive, pro-social activities, extracurricular activities, and safety for the kids to come after school.”
The event also stressed pure fun with raffles, crafts and refreshments.
Other vendors at the fair included Disparti Law Group, Premier Health Center, Pasco-Hernando State College, Sequel Care, Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention, and the Pasco Sheriff’s Office for Missing and Abducted Children.
Sponsors of the event included Staywell Kids, Boys and Girls Club of Tampa Bay, and Healthy Coalition of Pasco.
The Boys and Girls Club of Pasco is at 8239 Youth Lane, Port Richey. The tele phone number is (727) 842-5673.