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All About Kids Day celebrates children

By SARAH LOBLEY

Here in the United States we have holidays celebrating mothers, fathers, grandparents, even office workers, and while we have a Children’s Day (which took place on June 8 this year), it is not widely celebrated, at least not in this area. Mary Campbell has been changing that with Mazzios All About Kids Day, which will take place at Rita Blanca Lake on July 26 this year. “It’s important for kids to have a day just for them,” said Campbell.

When she first started the event 5 years ago, the idea was to give back to the community and its kids by providing fun, games, and free school supplies. “There is a great need in our community,” said Campbell. “We have a lot of mid- to low-income families who could really use the help.” The first year, the event was held in the parking lot of Mazzios. “A lot of kids (about 200) showed up,” Campbell said, “and it was really hot, plus I was worried about all those kids being so close to traffic.” The next year, All About Kids Day was moved to Rita Blanca Lake, where it has been held ever since.

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