1 What Is It?
Healthy lifestyles, student activities and dozens of local community organizations will be showcased Saturday morning during the Milford School District’s inaugural Community Wellness Fair.
The event is slated to include more than 50 tables manned by area healthcare organizations, businesses, schools and clubs, all with free giveaways and information for improving your life.
Health screenings, raffles, entertainment and free food also will be available.
At the same time, the district will be registering children for kindergarten, providing student-led tours of the Milford Central Academy to incoming sixth through eighth graders and distributing information about its middle and high school athletic programs.
2 How did it come about?
Milford Central Academy nurse Sue Smith said the fair is something the district’s wellness committee has been working toward for several years.
“We used to do events like this at the building level, although on a smaller scale,” she said. “We got away from that a couple of years ago, and have been talking for a while about how we wanted to hold a big event that really brings the whole community together with the schools to focus on healthy lifestyles and all the resources we have here in the community.”
Smith said the response from local clubs and organizations who were interested in participating was overwhelming.
“We just heard from so many vendors that wanted to be represented,” she said. “I think it really shows how we support the community and the community supports us.”
The committee is hoping to build on that support and ultimately make the wellness fair an annual event.
“We’d like to see every student in the district bring their family this Saturday just to see everything we have to offer,” she said. “And hopefully, we’ll just keep building from there.”
3 What are some of the highlights?
Among the more than 50 vendors represented at the wellness fair will be the Adventure Boot Camp Weight Loss Program, the Courageous Hearts Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning Center, the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Delaware Hospice, DelTech Summer Camps, Delaware Diabetes Coalition, Halpern Eye Associates, the Milford Middle School Nightingales, Nemours Health and Prevention Services, Relay For Life and TechWorld Medical.
The Milford Lions Club will be conducting vision screenings for incoming kindergarten students, while local author Eileen Baker, a school psychologist at the Morris Early Childhood Center, will be giving away copies of her new children’s book about healthy eating, “My Plate Island” and discussing her popular work, “Chunkin’ Punkins’”
Page 2 of 2 - First State Academy of Dance, the Milford Middle School cheerleaders and the Milford Central/Middle School Chorus all will be performing throughout the morning.
Lunch and healthy snacks will be provided by Milford Child Nutrition, Burgers-N-Beans and Rita’s Water Ice.
Attendees who wear maroon and gold also will be entered into a raffle for Milford Spirit Wear, one of several raffles planned during the event.
WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND
“We want people to come out and learn about what’s going on in their schools and the community. Our goal is to educate our youth and make them successful members of society, not just academically, but also when it comes to health and wellness”
-- Sylvia Henderson, Milford School District’s director of student support