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07/23/05

Parents And Children Line Up For Annual Health Fair

Hundreds of children and their parents filled Edgewater Mall, and this time they weren't simply shopping for new school clothes.

They were at the mall for their health.

The Edgewater Rotary Club held its 19th annual Children's Health Fair Saturday afternoon which featured various health screenings, as well as representatives of programs which could benefit a child's health.

Delecia Smith came to see what programs could help her son throughout the year.

"We learned about the Boys and Girls Clubs and because he may need use of the Boys and Girls Clubs, and just some of the activities in the area," said Smith.

"I think it goes with the Rotary motto this year of service above self. We're out there to serve our community. We're out there to give back, and we're here to volunteer our time and also just organize an event that will be helpful to our community," said Edgewater Rotary Club member Stephen Reck.

As you can see, even though this event was geared more toward health, it doesn't mean a little fun was not involved.

But it allowed everyone who participated to take home a positive dose of healthy tips to start the year off right.

And 12-year-old Micah Smith cannot wait for the year to begin. He's finally going to middle school.

"I'm ready to a bigger school since I've been stuck in elementary school since I was in kindergarten so I'm ready to go to middle school," said Smith.

The Children's Health Fair was held in conjunction with the Boys and Girls Clubs, as the organization prepares to celebrate National Kids' Day.

By Karla Redditte

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