All for the Children fair March 24 includes Easter Bunny, egg hunt, resources for parents

Metropolitan Community College-Blue River’s seventh annual All for the Children family resource fair and 5K run/walk will be Saturday, March 24, at the campus in Independence. And once again, the Easter Bunny will be on hand during the “Eggstravaganza” featuring 10,000 eggs.

All for the Children was conceived as both a celebration of childhood and an opportunity to bring awareness to the problem of child abuse. The event aims to support children and families through fun activities for kids, resources and information for parents, and giveaways for everyone.

This year’s event will run from 10 to 11:30 a.m. inside and outside the Arts & Sciences building at MCC-Blue River, 20301 E. 78 Highway. The Easter egg hunt begins around 11. Admission and all activities are free:

  • Self-defense classes for kids from MCC-Blue River’s Public Safety Institute, which trains police officers and firefighters
  • Guatemalan worry dolls handmade by a Blue River Spanish class (the dolls are said to help ease the mind and release worries)
  • MCC-Blue River student presentations and projects on health, wellness and other topics
  • The huge Easter egg hunt and, of course, the Easter Bunny (in the interest of safety, there will be one area for kids 3 and younger, and one for kids 4 and older)
  • Informational booths from community agencies that support families and children
  • Free haircuts for children
  • Free smoke detectors
  • The Blue Springs School District’s W.E.E. Learning Bus, a roaming computer lab for kids
  • Free home lead testing kits from the Kansas City Health Department
  • Display of artwork by students at Little Blue Elementary School
  • Gun lock giveaways by the Independence Police Department
  • Dental screenings for children and adults by Priority Dental
  • Free loaves of Wonder Bread
  • Food, music, a DJ and more!

Before the fair gets underway, the 5K run/walk will begin at 8:30 a.m. (check-in starts at 7:30). Registration fee is $30 for the public; $20 for current MCC students; and $10 for kids under 12. Register and pay in advance at mcckc.edu/events/all-for-the-children. Proceeds benefit All for the Children. Email David.Owens@mcckc.edu for more information.

“Our students have worked very hard to put together this festival to celebrate the children in our community,” says Kim Glackin, All for the Children coordinator and MCC-Blue River psychology instructor. “We hope everyone will come out and enjoy the day with us.”

About five children die every day in the United States due to child abuse or neglect, Glackin says. Factors that contribute to child abuse include poverty, financial stresses, lack of knowledge about parenting skills and child development, and the use of drugs and alcohol around children.

To learn more about this year’s event, visit mcckc.edu/events/all-for-the-children. Sponsors of the event include MCC-Blue River Student Government Association, Blue River Student Activities Council and Elite Cuisine.