October 30, 2015
Fluorescent black lights and glowing plastic spiders set the stage for a frighteningly good time at the YWCA Central Alabama’s Fall Festival. The annual event is a favorite of the kids in the child development programs, and this year they got to enjoy several new treats like the dance party finale.
With looks of amazement and surprise, the boys and girls piled into the dark room set aglow by black lights and glow sticks. And even though they had spent the last hour jumping in the bouncy house and running in the mummy race, their energy hit a new level as they put on the glow-in-the-dark shirts they made and took to the dance floor to show off their moves.
“Play it again, play it again!” they instructed the DJ, who quickly followed directions.
The gym was fully transformed into a site of celebration. Sponsored and coordinated by the YWCA's Junior Board of Directors, the festival offered the children a break from everyday worries and cares. They were invited to wear their costumes and enjoyed food and games like the bean bag tosses, spoon races, mini golf and Go Fish. Many also stopped to have their faces painted and decorate a cookie with their favorite frosting, another addition this year.
The YW’s two child developments programs, KIDS Korner and Calico Corner, and the After-School Enrichment Program (ASEP) serve homeless and children of low-income families. YWoodlawn Family Resource Center also hosts a similar fall festival for the families in the neighborhood.
“This event is always so much fun for our children,” said Delyne Hicks, senior director of child development services. “They get to show off their costumes, win prizes and, best of all, eat goodies! They love it, and it just gets better and better each year.”
The support of our wonderful Junior Board and AmeriCorps members is an integral part of the event’s success. We appreciate their commitment and look forward to what next year will bring.
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