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Healthy Kids Healthy Planet Festival
Healthy Kids, Healthy Planet: Freedom School’s summer festival

On July 18, families, laughter and puppets filled Whitmore Playground for Rainbow Freedom School’s annual Healthy Kids Carnival.

The event helps raise funds for Rainbow Freedom School, a six-week summer enrichment program for elementary school students. This year the festival raised over $1,200.

“I love Freedom School. My daughter enjoys her time there,” said parent and Freedom School volunteer Jennifer Bates. “I think it is a wonderful way to keep the children learning through the summer, keep them occupied and active, and to provide them something fun to do.”

At this year’s festival, Project Central and StoneLion Puppet Theatre raised awareness about environmental issues, thanks to a grant from the Unified Government.

StoneLion Puppet Theatre at Healthy Kids CarnvialProject Central President Shari Wilson said, “To reach the largest number of families possible who may not be familiar with stormwater issues, we wanted to partner with an organization that has a strong community connection. Freedom School was perfect! Their Healthy Kids annual festival was a great way for us to talk about how a healthy planet with clean water is important to all of us, humans and wildlife alike.”

To learn more about Freedom School and how you can get involved next year, please visit http://rainbowmennonite.org/serving/freedom-school/ or call (913) 236-8820.