Partners In Learning to host annual Family Fun and Fitness Festival

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 9, 2014

Partners In Learning Child Development and Family Resource Center invites families to participate in the Family Fun and Fitness Festival, including the fourth annual Special Olympics Young Athletes Program on Nov. 1.
“This signature event has become a community tradition,” said Executive Director Norma Honeycutt. “During this event, we focus on two aspects which make Partners In Learning unique, our wellness and inclusion programs.”
Partners In Learning has a regionally recognized wellness program, which has received several awards, including the WorkHealthy America and Prevention Partners Excellence Recognition and the statewide Innovative Policy to Create a Healthier Environment Award.
The center is also known for its model inclusion program for children with special needs, which includes an accommodating on-site program, community based therapy services and training, and support and family services.
The Nov. 1 event will provide a wide range of activities focused on wellness, including a prediction walk and run, cooking demonstrations and Zumba sessions. There will also be activities, games and hay rides.
The event also includes the center’s fourth annual Special Olympics Young Athletes program, hosted in conjunction with Footprints In The Community, a nonprofit organization committed to increasing participation of families of children with special needs in community activities.
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. Children ages 2 and a half to 7 will participate in games and activities that develop motor skills and eye-hand coordination.
This event is free and open to the public and will be held Nov. 1 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.