Festival of Families

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2017 FESTIVAL OF FAMILIES!

This fall, Berrien Regional Education Service Agency (Berrien RESA) will be hosting its fifth annual countywide event for families and children wishing to learn more about educational programs offered in their community.  The event, the Berrien RESA Festival of Families, will be held on Saturday, September 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Berrien County Youth Fairgrounds in Berrien Springs.  The Festival of Families will feature a resource expo where families can learn about a variety of community programs and services designed to help their children thrive. 

"We had such a successful event last year!" said Berrien RESA Superintendent Dr. Kevin Ivers.  "The Festival of Families provided a networking and resource opportunity for over 1,00 people throughout Berrien County.  If you are looking for information about early child development, K-12 education, advanced programming, special education opportunities and higher education, this event is for you!”

Through conversations with their constituents, Berrien RESA learned that families are seeking a one-stop source for information and tools to help their children be successful in all areas of their development.  Families said they wanted to learn more about community athletic opportunities, financial literacy, Career & Technical Education, resources about transitional needs, and occupational and volunteer opportunities. Therefore, Berrien RESA established the Festival of Families, providing such a resource for families of children ages 0-26.

The Festival of Families will also feature carnival games and activities that are accessible to children of all ages and abilities.  During the event a variety of local entertainment acts will perform, face painters and a balloon artist will be on site.  Children will be able to visit with animals, play games, and enjoy hands-on activities, as well as participate in a community-wide "Arts for All" painting project.  The Berrien Springs Police and Fire Departments will have vehicle tours on-site. Attendees can meet wild animals at Potawatomi Zoo's mobile exhibit. Lunch options from Baja Gringo Tacos, Michiana Hot Dog, Lark's BBQ, and Wagner's Ice Cream will be available for purchase.

Event sponsors include Berrien RESA, First Student Inc., Berrien County Youth Fair, Art & Image, Honor Credit Union, Lakeland Health, Four Winds Casino, Competitive Edge, United Federal Credit Union, Silver Beach Carousel Society, Beaudoin Electrical Construction, RX Optical, Kruggel Lawton CPAs, St. Joseph Today, Silver Beach Pizza, Plante Moran, The Toy Company, Walmart of Benton Harbor, and Celebration! Cinema.

The event and all activities are free-of-charge.  Pre-arranged shuttle service throughout Berrien County will also be available (at no cost to families).  Please contact Karen Heath at (269) 471-7725 ext. 1147 to request transportation.  For more information about the Festival, please visit www.berrienresa.org.

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To request transportation or to participate as a vendor, contact:

Supervisor of Communications
Karen Heath
(269) 471-7725 ext. 1147
karen.heath@berrienresa.org

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