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Pottstown will celebrate children with fun and games on Saturday

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Children have fun dancing during the combined PEAK Pottstown Celebrates Young Children and YMCA Healthy Kids Day event Saturday at Pottstown High School.

By Michilea Patterson, The Mercury

The lawn of Pottstown High School will be one big playing field on Saturday afternoon for a celebration of children.

PEAK and the Pottstown YMCA are teaming up for the second year in a row to honor families with fun, healthy activities. PEAK, which stands for Pottstown Action for Kindergarten Readiness, will host their 11th Annual Pottstown Celebrates Young Children event alongside the YMCA for their Healthy Kids Day.

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Children and their families enjoy a petting zoo as part of the combined PEAK Pottstown Celebrates Young Children and YMCA Healthy Kids Day event Saturday afternoon.

This means twice the event, twice the fun. The free event will be at the high school from 1 to 3 p.m. The address is 750 N. Washington St. Like previous years, the celebration will include many family-friendly activities such as a petting zoo, face paintings, Pottstown police dog demonstration and more. Kids can have fun and be healthy at the same time by dancing to the tunes of a DJ, jumping in a moon bounce and going on an inflatable obstacle course.

“This is part of our celebration of the Month of the Young Child in Pottstown,” said PEAK coordinator Mary Rieck, adding that the national month-long observance recognizes the importance of quality early learning experiences.

In addition to the YMCA, PEAK is also partnering with the Pottstown Parks & Recreation Department and the Pottstown Memorial Medical Center, the main sponsor of the event, to bring families a fun-filled afternoon.

Not only will families get to dance to music at this year’s celebration but they will have an opportunity to be part of an a actual music video shoot. Local musician David Charles will be making a video for his new song which is about eating healthy during Saturday’s kid celebration. Charles is the executive director of a local youth mentoring program call STRIVE which stands for “Strengthening Tomorrow Requires Initiative and Vision Everyday.” He also sings and performs in fitness concerts at local schools through Fresh Start Fitness.

Valerie Jackson, PEAK community engagement coordinator, said Charles wants to shoot the video at Saturday’s event to get the community involved. She said the celebration is all about community engagement so it made perfect sense to have him there.

“It’s a win-win for that,” she said.

Rieck said families will also be engaged on Saturday through the more than 80 vendors that will attend.

“We hope they are able to find some resources to help support them as families. It’s also just a fun afternoon with families and children doing things together,” she said.

Rieck said the Pottstown Celebrates Young Children event continues to grow every year. The first year they had about 200 people attend but in recent years there has consistently been more than 1,000 people, she said.

For more information about the family celebration on Saturday, contact Jackson at the email vjackson@pottstownd.org or call 610-256-6370. To learn more about PEAK, visit www.peakonline.org.

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