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Children’s Week Engages Youth With the Life Choices Teen Maze

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Augusta Partnership for Children, Inc. (APC) and its partners are will host Children's Week 2012: How Are the Children? – an annual event honoring children/youth and families in Augusta, GA - Friday, October 5 – Thursday, October 11, and Monday, October 15.


Each year the APC and the Children's Week Committee work to provide engaging activities for children, youth and their families during the Week. This year proves to be no different with the addition of the Life Choices Teen Maze -- a life size game board to teach youth ages 10 -18 about the consequences of risky behaviors. With over 70 volunteers from various community organizations and agencies working together to make the Teen Maze a reality, the expectation is that teens will have a better understanding of the results of poor decision making and giving in to peer pressure. The ultimate goal is to encourage youth to graduate from high school on time without taking drugs, getting pregnant, going to jail, etc. The Teen Maze will take place on Saturday, October 6, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Glenn Hills High School gymnasium (pre-registration is encouraged). "We are so excited to be able to bring such a great activity to the area. We hope that youth throughout the CSRA will participate and learn how the choices we make can negatively impact our lives," comments APC Executive Director, Dr. Robetta McKenzie.


The Maze is only one of a few of the activities taking place during Children's Week. It will begin on Friday, October 5, 10:15 a.m. with a Kick-Off Celebration at the Jessye Norman Amphitheater. Preschoolers, Head Start and Pre-K students will enjoy performances by Georgia Public Broadcastings' PBS character Curious George, Cookie Dodson, and Davidson Fine Arts School Jazz Ensemble. The weekend festivities will conclude on Sunday, October 7 with the Family Festival/Education Fair, 1:00 p.m. at the Augusta Commons and the Parade at 2:00 p.m. The Festival will feature inflatables, Monkey Joe's gaming truck, entertainment by local youth, games, arts and crafts, and most importantly information about non-profits that serve children, youth and families. The Parade will feature a processional of high school bands, cheerleading teams, youth groups, marching units, floats, and more. The Parade will travel along Broad Street between 7th and 11th.


Children's Week will continue into the following week with Children's Story Time on Tuesday, October 8 – Thursday, October 11, at the Augusta Public Library. Children ages 2-4 will be able to enjoy the art of storytelling and express their love of reading during Children's Story Time. Children attending the event will enjoy 15 minute storytelling sessions by local celebrities and volunteers at the Augusta-Richmond County Library.


The theme of Children's Week, How Are the Children? will really be taken to heart at the Legislative Breakfast on Wednesday, October 10, 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. at The Legends Club (by invitation only). The Breakfast is a time when the APC and its' partners advocate on behalf of children and families by bringing community needs and concerns to the attention of state representatives. On Monday, October 15, Children's Week will officially conclude with the Students Who Care Scholarship Luncheon hosted by the Augusta Rotary Club, 12:00 p.m. at Enterprise Mill (by invitation only). The Luncheon will honor deserving Richmond County high school seniors with $600 scholarships to use towards their post secondary education. The guest speaker for the occasion will be the Honorable Judge J. Randal Hall. Scholarships are awarded based on applicant's demonstration of volunteerism and academic success.


"Children's Week is multifaceted. It allows the community to embrace its future leaders; youth and children to display their talents and skills and have fun; parents to educate themselves about various resources in the community and share quality time with their families; and legislators to be informed of the needs of this community. Realizing the importance of this, our partners and this organization continue to work hard to make Children's Week a reality year after year," says Dr. Robetta McKenzie.

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