I had the rare opportunity on April 6 to be interviewed by Rob Kendall of WYRZ 98.9 FM radio in Brownsburg to discuss They're Our Kids on the "Central Indiana Today" show.
We talked about They're Our Kids, parenting in general, Macaroni Kid - Hendricks, the Kiwanis Club of Danville, the pros and cons of social media, the education system, and Danville schools.
I even talked a little bit about myself if you're interested in learning more about me.
The 2016 Hendricks County Community Youth Fair that They're Our Kids cohosted with Macaroni Kid - Hendricks is in the books!
A heartfelt THANK YOU goes out to all 55 of our vendors and all 1,542 people who visited the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds and Conference Complex to experience the Youth Fair yesterday! Meghan Stritar of Macaroni Kid - Hendricks and I had no way of predicting how many people would attend, and we are both thrilled by how many folks turned out, even in the frigid temperatures!
As with any event that I help plan and execute, I'm making notes on things that worked well and things that could use improvement for next year. (Without hesitation, Meghan and I agree that there will definitely be a next year!) But I need more feedback than what I experienced first-hand.
So here is a request for feedback -- in the form of two quick and easy polls and a request for a comment -- from all Villagers who attended the Hendricks County Community Youth Fair on Feb. 13.
Hopefully by now you've heard of the Hendricks County Community Youth Fair that They're Our Kids is co-hosting with Macaroni Kid - Hendricks this Saturday, Feb. 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds and Conference Center in Danville.
Ever since last year's Hendricks County Youth Sports Fair that we hosted together at Danville Community High School was such a big success, we've been talking about hosting a bigger youth fair that encompasses all sorts of organizations, resources and opportunities for Hendricks County youth.
Meghan Stritar of Macaroni Kid - Hendricks was able to secure us the Exposition Hall at the Fairgrounds, and we've spent months since that time planning this event.
With the Hendricks County Community Youth Fair coming up this weekend, I want to let everyone know what we have on tap.
They're Our Kids and Macaroni Kid - Hendricks are joining forces to host the second annual Hendricks County Community Youth Fair on Saturday, Feb. 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds and Conference Center in Danville.
We are bringing a wide variety of organizations, sports leagues, businesses, counseling services, preschools and other providers of services together in one place for local parents and children to explore.
All of the booths at the Hendricks County Community Youth Fair will feature vendors and providers who cater to kids and parents, allowing attendees to discover opportunities and resources available to them in the area.
GUEST BLOGGER MEGHAN STRITAR
As a parent, I am continuously thinking about how we are preparing the next generation to run this world. I think about our environmental choices and financial planning.
One key piece many people are not thinking about is social media.
This is new territory for us. I remember sitting at a teacher training when Facebook first became a ‘thing,’ and the heated discussion was based on if social media was going to stay around or not. Well, I think it is -- and growing tremendously with Twitter, Vine, Instagram, Periscope, and probably a new one this week that I’m too uncool for.
We all know that kids learn from watching us and following our lead. What are we communicating to OUR KIDS on social media channels for all to see?
Remember the inaugural Hendricks County Youth Sports Fair that we co-hosted with Macaroni Kid - Hendricks back in January?
Youth sports programs paid an entry fee to be a part of that fair, and after all the dust settled on the expenses, They're Our Kids wound up with a little bit of coin in our pockets. The question then arose, "What do I do with this money?"
I contemplated retiring off of the earnings and buying my own private island somewhere in the Caribbean where I would spend the remainder of my days living the life of luxury. But then I found out how much private islands cost, and I scratched that idea off my list.
It finally struck me, though: I made this money from youth sports programs. The logical thing to do with this money is to give it back to youth sports programs!
So They're Our Kids entered the world of sponsorships.
It felt so darn good to give money to a couple of youth sports programs that participated in the inaugural Hendricks County Youth Sports Fair that I'm going to continue doing it. Here's how it's going to work:
The inaugural Hendricks County Youth Sports Fair is right around the corner! Make plans to be at the Danville Community High School auxiliary gym this Saturday (Jan. 24) between 1 and 5 p.m. to see me, Meghan Stritar from Macaroni Kid-Hendricks, and all of these great vendors!
The inaugural Hendricks County Youth Sports Fair has added a very special attraction to the event!
The youth sports fair, brought to you by They're Our Kids and Macaroni Kid - Hendricks, is coming to Danville Community High School on Saturday, Jan. 24 from 1 to 5 p.m. and will now include an appearance by the Indiana Pacers Fan Van!
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