Kids enjoy day at Yongsan
YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea -- Capt. Nery Calderon, G-34 for Eighth Army, was having a good day on Saturday as he watched his two children enjoying games and activities offered by U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan's Child Youth and School Services (CYSS) to celebrate the Day for Kids Community Celebration here, Sept. 15.
"It is always good to see kids having fun and I think this definitely is a great idea for kids," said Calderon. "My kids love getting involved in different activities and this is a good resource for them. I appreciate the Garrison for doing this."
Yongsan's CYSS holds the community-wide fun fair for children twice a year. However, Day for Kids was a world-wide event that was organized as CYSS partners with Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Everywhere around the world, everybody celebrated the children on Saturday.
Including jump houses, putt-putt golf and batting cages, the CYYS community event had everything that made a child's dream come true. Many other organizations also participated in the fun fair, supporting what CYSS does. Fraternities and sororities prepared food and provided a wide variety of activities such as face painting, a manicure shop, and games.
The purpose of the day was to provide fun for kids, but it had a deeper meaning inside it. Melody Francis, director of Parent and Outreach Services for CYSS, explained the importance of serving kids and emphasized it is never too much to organize these type of events.
"Some of the hardships military kids go through are that they have to leave their friends they made and come to a new place, and it is always hard to fit in to a new environment," Francis said. "Today's event gives everybody an opportunity to make friends and socialize. Moreover, this event is very important because it helps the children to realize that we think they are important."
CYSS develops and organizes many activities and programs to lessen Military childrenss stressors and help them adjust. They also provide kids with sports, dance and martial arts classes. In addition, they have programs for parents.
The Military Child Education Coalition Conference is upcoming on Sept. 26. and it will be a great opportunity for the children and parents to find out exactly how to get children through transitional time.