Partners In Learning to host fitness festival, Special Olympics

  • Posted: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 11:58 p.m.

Partners In Learning Child Development and Family Resource Center invites families to participate in the Family Fun and Fitness Festival, including the third annual Special Olympics Young Athletes Program, on Oct. 26.

“As our signature event, the Family Fun and Fitness Festival, focuses on two aspects which make the center unique in the childcare industry, our wellness and inclusion programs,” said Executive Director Norma Honeycutt. “It’s a great opportunity to share these great programs with children and families throughout our community.”

Partners In Learning has a regionally recognized wellness program and recently received a statewide award for Innovative Policy to Create a Healthier Environment Award from the North Carolina Child and Adult Care Food Program, “Eating Smart, Moving More.” The center is also known for its model inclusion program for children with special needs.

The event will provide a wide range of activities focused on wellness, including a prediction walk/run, cooking demonstrations and Zumba sessions. There will also be activities, games and hay rides.

The event also includes the center’s third annual Special Olympics Young Athletes program, hosted in conjunction with Footprints In The Community.

Registration forms for Special Olympics Young Athletes may be found at

This event is free and open to the public and will be held Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Partners In Learning and the adjacent Catawba practice field. The Special Olympics Young Athletes activities will be held from 10 a.m. until noon. Food will be sold as part of a fundraiser for the center.

Special Olympics Young Athletes, an inclusive program for children with special needs and their typically developing peers, combines sports and play to introduce the Special Olympics model to families in the community.

“Through this program, children learn new things, play and have lots of fun,” Honeycutt said.

Children ages 2 1/2 to 7 will participate in games and activities that develop motor skills and eye-hand coordination.

Footprints in the Community is a nonprofit organization committed to increasing participation of families of children with special needs in community activities. The organization is passionate about ensuring that children with special needs are afforded opportunities to participate in the typical offerings of the community in which their peers participate.

Situated on the Catawba College campus, Partners In Learning provides care to more than 200 children six weeks through five years of age. The center is the only National Association for the Education of Young Children accredited program in Rowan County.

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