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September 21, 2018

Healthy Family Night Draws Hundreds to Fairley Elementary


Fairley Elementary School transformed into a massive health fair on March 3 as dozens of local health care agencies, businesses and organizations set up shop in the gymnasium for the first-ever Healthy Family Night.

The event was a huge collaborative effort and a significant undertaking, according to organizer and school psychologist Geri Seward.

Hannibal Central School District student Jeffrey Howland is all smiles as he puts his face in the cardboard cutout of the Bush’s baked beans scene while learning about nutrition during Healthy Family Night on March 3.

Hannibal Central School District student Jeffrey Howland is all smiles as he puts his face in the cardboard cutout of the Bush’s baked beans scene while learning about nutrition during Healthy Family Night on March 3.

However, Seward noted that months of planning paid off as hundreds of people packed the school’s two gymnasiums.

“It was a lot of work but really was a fabulous event and successful in every way,” Seward said. “The presenters were amazing; the donations were amazing; the families and kids were amazing. The feedback from all participants was amazing. What else could you ask for?”

Vendors were on hand from Oswego Health to provide information about their services and display X-ray images of bones.

Businesses like Ontario Orchards also participated and gave out free bottles of apple cider.

Representatives from police and fire agencies were on hand as well, discussing safety and even issuing child identification tags.

Even youth development organizations, such as Boy Scouts, provided demonstrations.

Samantha Hall and Tegan Margrey (from left) make crafts at one of the booths during Healthy Family Night on March 3 at Fairley Elementary School.

Samantha Hall and Tegan Margrey (from left) make crafts at one of the booths during Healthy Family Night on March 3 at Fairley Elementary School.

“It was such a great bridge-building (effort) between home and school and community and school,” Seward said. “We all had a chance to learn, have fun and be together.”

In addition to holding raffles and hosting different vendors, Healthy Family Night focused on physical fitness as well. Students had an opportunity to show their parents what they learned in physical education class by using some of the equipment in the small gym.

Although the inaugural event just wrapped up, organizers are already looking toward the future.

“We hope it will be the first of many Healthy Family Nights,” Seward said.

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