The Chula Vista Community Collaborative (CVCC), in partnership with other community-based organizations and business sponsors, presented the 15th Annual Day of the Child Community FUN fair on April 18, 2015 at Memorial Park in Chula Vista. The fair has become one of the most attended and awaited fairs in the South Bay with over 4000 attendees. The purpose of the event is to link families to a wide array of free and low cost wellbeing services offered by local community organizations, government agencies and health clinics.
The engagement and interest from community residents was evident throughout the day. Families enjoyed the festivities and while children were playing games and participating in activities, the parents were provided with an array of services and resources. The fair featured health and social services activities for participants, including vision, BMI, Cholesterol, and glucose screenings; health insurance enrollment assistance; pregnancy and family planning assistance; and booths with nutrition, health, employment, and legal information.
In recognition of the importance of community wellness and engagement, Mayor Mary Salas Casillas presented the CVCC with a commendation for the 15th Anniversary of the Fair. Also, Supervisor Cox and the County of San Diego, proclaimed Saturday April 18, 2015 as “Day of the Child” throughout San Diego County. A team of dedicated volunteers, partners, and donors helped make the event a success.
The fair also featured a School Classroom Challenge to recognize the class with the most attendance at the fair. Montgomery Elementary won 3rd place, and Feaster Elementary won 1st and 2nd place. In addition, over 230 child safety ID kits were distributed.
Two entertainment stages featured local school groups, Mariachis, dance groups, the San Diego Youth Symphony, and many others added to the enjoyment.
The Day of the Child event is just one program that the Chula Vista Community Collaborative hosts to help improve self-sufficiency, homelessness, access to health and social service programs and advocate for better health in Chula Vista.
To learn more about next year’s fair, visit: http://www.chulavistacc.org/index.php/day-of-the-child