The Rick Herrema Foundation hosted a celebration of the military child event that took place April 21 at the Guiding Wellness Institute in Fayetteville. Families were able to experience games, arts & crafts, K9 & Jiu-Jitsu demonstrations, Military Family Resources, Kids Yoga, and much more at this event.
“We just wanted to do something for the month of the military child. We want everyone to have fun but we also want them to connect with some resources in the community,” said Tammy Wilbur-Hoistad, Rick Ricks place Director of development.
Children were able to compete in games like the hula hoop challenge, connect four, water balloon toss, building Legos, etc. Parents also had the opportunity to watch or participate in the activities with their children.
Organizations such as the police department, fire department, and Trio from Fayetteville State University participated in the event to educate parents on different resources they could provide to the families and ask any questions that children and parents might have.
“This program serves grades 6 through 12, we provide resources such as ACT waivers, SAT waivers, field trips, college tours, everything that helps students with the transition process from high school to receive a post-secondary education. We also help students who are military affiliated,” said Jason Carnes, academic advisor at 21st Century Talent Search Trio of FSU.
This event was open to the public, free admission for all active duty and veteran families. Food trucks and vendors such as Sweet Frog were available for the crowd.
RHF also joined up with other organizations such as the Military Child Education Coalition, and the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Cape Fear Valley to coordinate this event.