Family Friendly: SB holds Boys & Girls Club’s ‘Day for Kids’

| September 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
The National Boys & Girls Clubs’ Day for Kids’ engaged volunteers and parents, Saturday, at the School Age Center, in a variety of activities including Volunteer Spc. Perry Bishop, 209th ASB, 25th CAB, shows David Mobley, 3, horse roping techniques.

The National Boys & Girls Clubs’ Day for Kids engaged volunteers and parents, Saturday, at the School Age Center, in a variety of activities including Volunteer Spc. Perry Bishop, 209th ASB, 25th CAB, shows David Mobley, 3, horse roping techniques.

Story and photos by
Jackie M. Young
Contributing Writer
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Sgt. Fabian Murillo, 31, of Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw the Boys & Girls Clubs’ Day for Kids “Country Fair” at the School Age Center, here, Saturday.

“It’s beautiful,” he said, clearly touched. “They really care about the kids. And this whole day is only for the children. I’ve never seen anything like it before.”

Murillo was there at the four-hour event with his wife, Joudy Figueroa, 32, and his five children, Fernando, 10; Libertad, 8; Elisa, 8; Fabian Jr., 3; and Thomas, 4 months.

“It’s all free and they give us a meal, too,” Murillo pointed out. “I’ve got five children and it’s not cheap to feed them. We’re so lucky the lady at Child, Youth & School Services told us about this. We came at 10:30 and plan to stay the whole day.”

The National Boys & Girls Clubs’ Day for Kids’ engaged volunteers and parents, Saturday, at the School Age Center, in a variety of activities including face-painting and crafts.

The National Boys & Girls Clubs’ Day for Kids engaged volunteers and parents, Saturday, at the School Age Center, in a variety of activities including face-painting and crafts.

The National Boys & Girls Clubs’ Day for Kids has been held annually in September all over the U.S. for more than 10 years, and it’s open to all military children and youth. Here, it’s supported by the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. Over 1,000 kids and their parents were expected to attend.

“It’s supposed to be a celebration of children and youth,” explained Parent & Outreach Services director Synthia McNamara, organizer of the event for the past three years. “We’re throwing a big party for kids and it’s all free. We just want them to come out and have a good time with their parents.

“It’s scheduled during the midday, before lunchtime and maybe before afternoon naptime, when kids get restless and want something to do,” McNamara added. “This year, we have a country fair theme. Last year, it was ‘Star Wars’ and a circus.”

It takes McNamara and her crew of about 40 staff and volunteers about six months to plan the event, and she said they try to have a combination of hands-on activities for youngsters, such as crafts or face painting or drawing, and physical activities, such as dancing, bouncy houses, rock wall climbing and music.

There were also watermelon and pie-eating contests, a pony mom and a pony baby (the mom could be painted on) and a variety of door prizes, games and picture-taking sessions in country costumes.

David Mobley, 3, had come with his mom, Katie Mobley, an Air Force reservist, to learn horse roping from volunteer Spc. Perry Bishop of Bravo Co., 209th Aviation Support Bn., 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th ID.
“David’s having a blast here,” his mom enthused. “He loves the games and the bouncy houses, and he loves petting the ponies. It’s all free and he’s having a ton of fun.”

Jenny Koranyi, the owner of pony mom “Moxie,” 3, and pony baby “Peach,” 4 months, brought two of her three horses to the fair to be petted or painted on from the Wheeler Saddle Club.

Koranyi is in the process of getting certified through PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship), so she and her animals can officially work with children with special needs. In the meantime, the ponies have already visited with patients at the Kahuku Medical Center, the Shriners Hospital for Children and the Army’s Exceptional Family Member Program.

The National Boys & Girls Clubs’ Day for Kids’ engaged volunteers and parents, Saturday, at the School Age Center, in a variety of activities including Hip-hop dancers are part of the Youth Talent.

The National Boys & Girls Clubs’ Day for Kids engaged volunteers and parents, Saturday, at the School Age Center, in a variety of activities including Hip-hop dancers are part of the Youth Talent Show.

Pfc. Quinton Brown, a volunteer with the Wheeler Saddle Club out of Bravo Co., 209th ASB, 25th CAB, said all the kids enjoyed petting the pony baby.

“You don’t see many horses in Hawaii, so it’s a real treat for them,” said Brown.

And “treat” just about sums up the experience youngsters had at the Boys & Girls Clubs’ Day for Kids. They’re looking forward to next year’s.

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