JOIN US FOR THE
2017 FESTIVAL OF FAMILIES!
fall, Berrien Regional Education Service Agency (Berrien RESA) will be
hosting its fifth 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 23 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 1,00 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 & 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 ages and 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 projects, visit with animals, and enjoy hands-on activities, as well as participate in a community-wide "Arts for All" painting project. The Berrien Springs Police and Fire Departments will have vehicle tours on-site. Lunch options from Baja Gringo Tacos, Michiana Hot Dog, and Wagner's Ice Cream will be available for purchase.
sponsors include Berrien RESA, First Student Inc., Berrien County Youth Fair, Honor Credit Union, Lakeland Health, Silver Beach
Carousel Society, RX Optical, St. Joseph Today, Silver Beach Pizza, Plante Moran, and Walmart of Benton Harbor.
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.