The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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April 29, 2012

YMCA sponsors children’s health event

ASHTABULA — Fire truck rides, a balloon drop and an obstacle course were all a part of the Healthy Kids Day Saturday afternoon at the Ashtabula YMCA.

The event was held at YMCA’s all over the country, said organizer Annette Griffin, child-care coordinator at the YMCA. She said the event is designed to promote health for children as students prepare for the summer season.

“We have the fire department to talk about fire safety,” she said of one of the many options that included water safety in the pool area as well as fun activities and a goody bag.

“We’re trying to give some ideas about the summer food program,” said Cheryl Edwards of Ashtabula County Children Services. She said families checked out her booth and learned about the food program for those in need.

Luciana, 6, and Sofia, 3, Granados watched attentively as Gary Swope of the Ashtabula Fire Department put on his turnout gear and mask to show what a firefighter looks like when entering a burning building.

Andres Granados said he brought his because it was a family activity where his children could learn about safety. The girls also received a tour of a fire engine.

As students arrived they received their grab bag of goodies and then were able to move from one station to another throughout the two-hour event.

Greenway Trail volunteers also provided bicycle safety information to the children.

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