Dexter event educates parents on services for children

Posted Sept. 11, 2011, at 7:48 p.m.
Jessica Roy of Wellington watched as her two daughters McKenzie Roy, 18 months, and Abigail Ray, 3, played musical instruments with SAD 46 teacher Deborah Roderka of Dexter at the Highlands Family Fun Day held Saturday at Ridge View Community School in Dexter.
Jessica Roy of Wellington watched as her two daughters McKenzie Roy, 18 months, and Abigail Ray, 3, played musical instruments with SAD 46 teacher Deborah Roderka of Dexter at the Highlands Family Fun Day held Saturday at Ridge View Community School in Dexter.

DEXTER, Maine — It was an educational day for the parents and a fun, recreational event for the children.

“We linked up a lot of families with some really good services, and I think the kids all had a good time,” Sue Mackey Andrews, one of the organizers of The Highlands Family Fun Day held at Ridge View Community School, said Saturday.

The event was sponsored by Helping Hands with Heart, the former Piscataquis County Children’s Cabinet and was funded through a grant from the Maine Community Foundation.

Six parents enrolled their children under 12 months in the Alfond Scholarship Fund, which provides $500 to start a NextGen College Scholarship for each baby born in Maine, and had portraits done of their children.

“What we really want to promote is the importance of early childhood and the role that families play in raising happy, healthy kids who succeed,” Andrews said.

While parents visited the many booths set up to help them with needs ranging from car seats to dental programs, the children played musical instruments, games and enjoyed sandbox play.

Torrey Klimetz of Dover-Foxcroft brought her twins, Skye and Zoe, 8 months, and her daughter Jaydin, 3, to the event. “It’s been amazing,” she said Saturday. Not only did she learn about services in the region, her eldest daughter also had the opportunity to interact with other children, she said.

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