A Walk in the Park

family-day.jpgSharon Maynard is committed to making a difference in the lives of teenagers and their families, and her project in the SELP program did just that. She put on a an all day event with family activities and expert speakers talking about family issues. The event took place on October 4 and written about by different local newspapers, including the Enterprise newspaper group of Washington state.

Family Fest in Terrace Park

by Oscar Halpert

In the place longtime Mountlake Terrace residents refer to as Candy Cane Park, about 60 people came together on a blustery, cold Saturday, Oct. 4 for Family Fest, resident and community organizer Sharon Riegie Maynard’s kickoff event for her latest project, The Children of Our Village.

Maynard, organizer of Bears in Terrace and founder of the neighborhood newsletter The Broadcast, started the new group this year as part of a continuing education program she’s involved in.

The non profit organization’s goal, she said, is to enrich the lives of children and “make sure all children have experiences that inspire their life, that spark their future dreams so they live their fullest lives.”

She brought together others who share her passion for helping kids and, by extension, families. Pam Graham, program manager for Lynnwood-based Family Support Center of South Snohomish County attended the event at Terrace Creek Park, along with Sammie Hayes, director of the nonprofit group Momentums. Sno-Isle Libraries’ Mountlake Terrace children’s librarian also attended.

Families were entertained by music and an assortment of speakers made presentations geared toward families.

“What I’m seeing is we have the people nationally and internationally who could make children of our village part of an international movement that helps their community nurture the community in better ways,” Maynard said. “I think children are a reflection of what the community’s about.”

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