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Bigs & Littles: Kids Day Out a huge success

Siblings Liam, Lilly and Aidan were just a few of the children from Colchester County who had a blast at the recently held Kids Day Out at the RECC in Truro.
Siblings Liam, Lilly and Aidan were just a few of the children from Colchester County who had a blast at the recently held Kids Day Out at the RECC in Truro. - Contributed

By Anna Rutherford

Hundreds of children would probably agree that they started their summer in a great way.

More than 600 community members from Colchester County joined Big Brothers Big Sisters on June 29 to ring in the summer at the Kids Day Out at the RECC event.

The Rath Eastlink Community Centre (RECC) was filled with smiling faces and laughter as families went from the pool, to the rock wall, to the bouncy castles and back to the pool.

Literacy Nova Scotia was also at the event, passing out free books and promoting their summer reading program.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colchester wanted to offer the community a special event at no cost, and the RECC was the ideal location to host this event. A large number of kids were able to participate in many different activities, all in a matter of a few hours.

“Our RECC team was absolutely thrilled to play host to Kids Day Out. It was the perfect way for everyone to celebrate the start of their summer vacation,” said Matt Moore, manager of the RECC.

With such a huge crowd attending the event, it made for a busy day. The RECC was still operating as usual and the staff were not fazed by the influx in people.

“The team at the RECC did a terrific job hosting our event,” said Michelle Misener, executive director with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colchester.  “We want to thank their entire team and the staff who worked with us that day to ensure that Kids Day Out was a success.”

Partnering with a like-minded, non-profit such as the RECC to bring the community an event like Kids Day Out was something the agency was excited to do as part of the 40th anniversary celebrations. With the event being such a huge success, the possibility of the Kids Day Out event happening again in the future seems likely.

“We were happy that so many families came out and enjoyed this event. It really exceeded our expectations,” said Misener. “It was a great way to kick-start the summer. Now we’re looking forward to our Thursday night swims at Victoria Park.” 

For the remainder of the summer, community members will be able to swim for free at the Victoria Park pool every Thursday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The free swims are for all families in the community.

Other upcoming events just for our Littles include the Kids N Kops Program. The program is designed to promote trust and respect between law enforcement and youth. Littles will go to the Truro police station to learn more about what the police service does in our community.

Also, the agency is a proud sponsor of the Bikes for Kids Program, which is well underway. As part of this program our Littles have the opportunity to not only receive a free bike and helmet but also learn how to fix their bikes.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colchester sees the value in working together. By teaming up with local organizations and businesses, the agency is not only able to better serve our Littles, but is able to reach more children, youth and families in the community.

The agency is looking forward to many more exciting partnerships and projects in the future.

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