Fun and more for Sunset Park families at annual bash

With the goal of linking people to services, the Fresh Air Fund and Lutheran Family Health Centers’ Community Based Programs hosted the annual Family Fun Festival on May 31.The free and open-to-the-public event was held in the backyard at P.S. 503/P.S. 506 where families were able to enjoy games, live music, dancing, face painting and arts and crafts.Lutheran Family Health Centers’ Community Based Programs provided a wide array of adult and family-related information at the festival. Domestic violence and immigration resources were available, as well as information on housing advocacy, eviction prevention, landlord-tenant advocacy, youth development and services for adolescents.Director of Volunteer Host Family Program & Community Outreach at The Fresh Air Fund Elizabeth Clardy said that the not-for-profit agency wants to give as many children from low-income communities the opportunity to have a free summer vacation. “It’s an opportunity for them to learn new things and make new friends,” Clardy said.Also at the festival was a small fundraiser organized by the Parent Teacher Association of P.S. 506. Books, food and small beach-friendly buckets were sold to raise money. “These funds are going towards the kindergarten classes for our school. They don’t have enough dolls to play with. We have six classes, and each class [has] close to 26 to 30 kids,” explained PTA Co-President Delibee Ayala.

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