JOIN US FOR THE
2016 FESTIVAL OF FAMILIES!
fall, Berrien Regional Education Service Agency (Berrien RESA) will be
hosting its fourth annual countywide event for families and children
wishing to learn more about educational programs offered in their
community. The event, the Berrien RESA Festival of Families, will be held on Saturday, September 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Berrien County Youth Fairgrounds in Berrien Springs. The
Festival of Families will feature a resource expo where families can
learn about a variety of community programs and services designed to
help their children thrive.
"We had such a successful event last year!" said Berrien RESA Superintendent Dr. Kevin Ivers. "The Festival of Families provided a networking and resource opportunity for over 1,500 people throughout Berrien County. If
you are looking for information about early child development, K-12
education, advanced programming, special education opportunities and
higher education, this event is for you!”
conversations with their constituents, Berrien RESA learned that
families are seeking a one-stop source for information and tools to help
their children be successful in all areas of their development. Families
said they wanted to learn more about community athletic opportunities,
financial literacy, Career and Technical education, resources about
transitional needs, and occupational and volunteer opportunities.
Therefore, Berrien RESA established the Festival of Families, providing
such a resource for families of children ages 0-26.
The Festival of Families will also feature carnival games and activities that are accessible to children of all abilities. During
the event a variety of local entertainment acts will perform, face painters and a
balloon artist will be on site. Children will be able to
create make-it/take-it art projects, visit with animals from Sarett
Nature Center, enjoy hands-on activities offered by the Curious Kids
Museum as well as participate in a communitywide "Arts for All" painting project. The canine unit sponsored by the Berrien
County Sheriff’s Department will be on hand for a meet and greet. Lunch options will be available for purchase.
sponsors include Berrien RESA, First Student Inc., Meijer of Stevensville/Benton Harbor, Berrien County Youth Fair, Chemical Bank of Berrien Springs, Honor
Credit Union, Art & Image, Renaissance Athletic Club, Lakeland HealthCare, Mid-West Family Broadcasting, New Country 99.9, Beaudoin Electrical Construction, Competitive Edge, St. Joseph Today, Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C., The Mark III Restaurant and Lounge, Silver Beach
Carousel Society, Silver Beach Pizza, United Federal Credit Union, and Jimmy John's of Niles.
The event and all activities are free-of-charge. Pre-arranged shuttle service throughout Berrien County will also be available (at no cost to families). Please contact Karen Heath at (269) 471-7725 ext. 1147 to request transportation. For more information about the Festival, please visit www.berrienresa.org.