Organized by the Community Education Council 27 and District 27 Superintendent Michele Lloyd Bey, the workshop provided families an opportunity to learn important safety tips. Free health screenings were given throughout the event, and important information about topics like proper nutrition and allergies were distributed.
Crime prevention was also a major subject at the fair. The Howard Beach Kiwanis helped sign up children for the Ident-A-Kid program, a nationwide child identification service that helps police find missing children. The 106th Precinct performed VIN and phone etching to help prevent car and cell phone thefts.
There was also plenty of entertainment for the family. Face painting was available thanks to the newly formed Lindenwood Alliance, children were able to take their picture with McGruff, the crime-fighting dog, and a Zumba dancing demonstration was held.
“It was fantastic,” Joann Ariola, co-founder of the Lindenwood Alliance, said about the turnout for the fair. “It shows the level of interest parents have in the health and well-being of their children.”
Ariola said the great response for the fair showed how much can be accomplished when community groups partner together for a common cause.