The St. Bernards Women’s Advisory Council is making some changes to its back-to-school program formerly known as Kidz Fun Fair.
This year’s program is being called Kids on the Mile … Eat, Play, Learn. The name change reflects the fact that it’s sponsored by a member organization of Matthews Medical Mile, and it is being held at a site that’s considered a part of the Matthews Medical Mile. (The Matthews Medical Mile is a mile-long stretch along Matthews -- which has more than 100 health- and fitness-related business. It includes clinics and businesses located along Matthews and one block in either direction of the strip. It’s considered a healthcare “destination.”)
Kids on the Mile is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 18.
This is the seventh year for the program which is designed for youngsters in Kindergarten through Grade 4 and will be a fun morning of activities that will educate youngsters and their parents about basic health and fitness as well as entertain.
Theme for the 2012 event is “Under the Big Top.”
Just as in the past, the free kids program will help provide basic school supplies for youngsters in K-4 … but there’s a little different spin. A limited number of “sling” backpacks will be distributed upon entry to Kids on the Mile. But students will “earn” supplies by taking part in various activities. The sling bags and supplies will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
The doors will open at 8 a.m., and free t-shirts will be distributed upon completion of a special obstacle course as long as supplies last.
A number of organizations and businesses from Jonesboro and Northeast Arkansas are joining with the Women’s Advisory Council to collect and provide basic school supplies.
A special feature of the event will be the huge walk-through “MegaBody Adventure” display provided by physicians of HMG. The unique inflatable is a one-of-a-kind exhibit that youngsters can walk through. Inside the 40-foot-long structure, they will see larger-than-life body organs – like the brain, heart, lungs, bones, kidneys, liver, blood, muscles and intestines. Posters teaching about how the organs function will help children learn about their own bodies.
Other favorites will be the Arkansas Game and Fish Mobile Aquarium, a Jonesboro Fire and Hazardous Materials truck, an ambulance, DARE and SWAT truck, the Bill and Alice Nix Petting Zoo from Arkansas State University, Spud the Clown and a kid-friendly snack building station where Cristina Shaw, Ph.D., will talk about healthy eating.
Among special booths and activities to be included in Kids on the Mile will be presented by the Craighead County Farm Bureau, Turner Dairy, the Area Health Education Center-Northeast, Communications Made Easy, Sylvan Learning, The ASU Museum, the Forrest L. Wood Nature Center, the Jonesboro School of Art, Barton’s, Blessed Sacrament School, Jonesboro Fire Department, St. Bernards Emergency Department, St. Bernards Sports Medicine, St. Bernards Health & Wellness Institute and many more.
Demonstrations and activities will be provided by the ASU Baseball team, the ASU Rugby team, the ASU A Team and more.
At three times during the morning – at 9, 10 and 11 – Ashley Boyles, supervisor of the Craighead County Juvenile Department, will pull children together for interactive story times.
Another feature will be the presentation of winners in the Kids on the Mile Art Contest that is a part of the event.
Sponsors include The Children’s Clinic, Turner Dairy, Arkansas Cancer Coalition, Harry Hutchison, Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield, St. Bernards Healthcare Associated Regional Providers, Stuck Associates, Walmart Parker Road and Sam’s Club.
Ringmaster for Kids on the Mile will be Trey Stafford of Jonesboro Radio Group.
Kids on the Mile is a free education program open to youngsters in grades K-4.