Kid Power event promotes children's mental health

Kid Power Event Promotes Children's Mental Health

GRAY, TN -  A clown, a knight, and balloons galore.

There was plenty for kids to do at the 11th annual "Kid Power" event.

Activities included cornhole, picture taking and a duck pond.

Elizabeth, a child who attended the event, said her favorite part of the day was the duck pond.

"The rubber ducky...because you got to choose a rubber ducky," she says.

Kid Power, which is put on by Frontier Health, Wellmont Health System, American Red Cross, Tennessee Voices for Children and Girl Scouts, is the region's largest free event.

Children played games while parents connected with community agencies like hospitals, churches, and public parks.

Mother Ashley Greene and son Mason spent time at the law enforcement table.

"He loves the fire trucks and the cop cars, he just had to get his picture in front of the cop car," Green says.

May is Mental Health Month, and chairwoman Melissa Birdwell says Kid Power connects families with services and support that empower children.

"We've had 37 indoor agencies, 10 outdoor, and they make up a wide range of people, folks not only from mental health but also physical health, focusing on children's social well-being, and their spiritual well being," Birdwell says.

Kaye Barger is a recruiter at TRACES Foster Care. The program sets up a table every year. 

"It's absolutely phenomenal. We've got so many kids and families, and we are having so much fun and talking to lots of folks who might be interested in being foster parents," Barger says.

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