It’s like speed dating for services, said organizer Maribeth Scott said in the GREC gym last week as 14 organizations gathered to inform families as to what services are available for children and youth in the northern Frontenac area.
Scott stood in the middle of the room, with a timer and a bell, letting visitors know when it was time to move to the next station.
The evening was billed as Fun at the Fair, ie a Children and Youth Services Fair. It began with a sausage/hot dog meal provided by Seed to Sausage and Weston’s Bakery and then continued with parents moving around the gym to various displays like early learning programs, healthy kids programs and even the more fun activities like theatre camp and karate lessons while the kids either played games in the cafeteria area or were looked after in a day care classroom.
Scott said part of the evening was to show people what the resurrected Northern Rural Youth Partnership was all about.
“We used to have this 10 years ago,” she said. “It’s a re-invented collective.
Organizer Victor Heese said the evening was made possible through a grant from the Ministry of Education through the Parents Reaching Out program and involved the Land O’Lakes Parents Council, the GREC Parents Council and Healthy Kids.