September 11, 2013
PDT Staff Writer
On Saturday kids from all over the area will converge on Tracy Park in Portsmouth from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. for the annual Kids Day event sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Portsmouth.
“We celebrate the children in our area with a free two-hour spectacle of just about everything imaginable,” Rick Morgan, Co-chairman of the event along with Wayne Thompson, said. “We have inflatables. We have food. We have all kinds of games - sack races, some toaster arts, face painting, the Portsmouth Public Library’s bookmobile is always there. We have a K-9 unit, the Portsmouth Fire Department is there. And, of course, Wendy, from Wendy’s restaurants, will be there handing out balloons and little coupons.”
Morgan said the event began back in 2006, and volunteers from Kiwanis and their families come together to make it a special day.
“The most important thing is that it is 100 percent free,” Morgan said. “It is no cost to anyone who comes. We provide you with everything including food and beverage.”
John Johnson, President of the Kiwanis Club of Portsmouth, said club members worked Tuesday evening prepping the park for the event. Members with shovels, wheelbarrows, paint brushes and tools, worked to make the park ready.
“Spraying all the mulch because the mulch is in pretty bad shape, and putting up some new flags, and doing a little touch-up painting,” Johnson said.
According to the Kiwanis website, the six permanent objectives are:
• To give primacy to the human and spiritual rather than to the material values of life.
• To encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships.
• To promote the adoption and the application of higher social, business and professional standards.
• To develop, by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive and serviceable citizenship.
• To provide, through Kiwanis clubs, a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render altruistic service and to build better communities.
• To cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high idealism which make possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism and goodwill.
“It’s just a day that Kiwanis uses this time of year to give back to the community and it’s children,” Morgan said.
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