There was bouncing, climbing, sliding, and "boxing" when Tyler Consolidated hosted "Family Fun Day" Wednesday, May 29, from 4-7 p.m. Sponsored by Tyler County Family Resource Network (TCFRN), the event offered a variety of entertaining activities on the school's sporting grounds. Activity stations included a rock climbing wall, a bouncy castle, and a "boxing ring" where kids bounced a large ball on a rope back and forth to each other.
And while fun was no doubt had, the ultimate purpose was to spread awareness of what resources are available to the community while also generating an increase in community engagement. Groups in attendance consisted of: Wetzel-Tyler Health Department, Gabriel Project of W.Va., Wetzel County Center for Children and Families, ConventryCares of W.Va., Right from the Start, UniCare Health Plan, Courage to Change, Community Recovery Center, Adolescent Health Initiatives, Westbrook Health Services, Tyler-Wetzel Community Resources, Support For Personalized Learning, which included Title I teachers, interventionists and school counselors, and of course the TCFRN.
Each of these organizations provided door prizes ranging from Wal-Mart gift cards to educational books. Many members of the Tyler County school staff donated their time to hand out food provided by TCFRN, paint faces and assist in other activities.
"We're just making people aware that we're here and that we can help," said TCFRN Director Jill Cox, who was pleased with the turnout. "So many people are interested in helping and learning."
"It's a fun thing to do." added Beth Tuttle, customer service specialist for Tyler-Wetzel Community Resources, Inc. "It's a good avenue to make people aware of our services in Tyler County."
Cox, who became TCFRN director in February and led the organization of the event, continued to describe the work she has done as well as future plans. She expressed that their ultimate goal is to help families of Tyler County when they are in need.