News Release From: Cindy Dodds, Tri County Community Network
Date: March 27, 2019
“Children benefit from developing relationships with adults in the community,” according to Rosaura Velazquez, Family Advocate with the Bright Futures program at the Intermountain Community Center. For that reason, and because young children need to become familiar with local first responders and their equipment, the Annual Lunch with Community Helpers is being planned.
Rosaura and her bi-lingual co-worker, Guadalupe Scholfield, are working with Diane Murphy and the staff at Dignity Health Connected Living to plan this free Week of the Young Child event.
The Week of the Young Child is a time for communities nationwide to honor young children and those dedicated to caring for them.
Young children will learn safety tips from fire, emergency medical personnel and other community helpers, have an opportunity to look at their gear and examine their vehicles. There will also be an opportunity to meet Smokey Bear. All of this will take place at the Intermountain Community Center at Main and Commerce Streets in Burney on Wednesday, April 10, from 11:00 to 1:00.
“It is important that young children become accustomed to First Responders and their gear. They can look scary. If there is an emergency in a child’s home, we don’t want them to hide. We want them to know what to do” said Bright Futures Family Advocate Guadalupe Scholfield.
A barbeque lunch will be served to all the children, their parents and caregivers, First Responders and seniors, thanks to funding from First 5 Shasta. Additional contributors to the event are K & K Distributing and U S Foods.
“We’re hoping for warm spring weather so that we can be outside, says Rosaura, “but if April 10 is cool or rainy, we have plenty of space indoors for all of the festivities.
Anyone wishing to attend is encouraged to call 335-4600 so we are sure to have plenty of food.