Youth Appreciation Day
Youth Appreciation Day is coming Saturday, May 5, to Lower Willow Park in Bennington. This will be the sixth annual celebration of local youth and their contributions to the Bennington community. This year’s completely free event will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and will feature food, crafts, activities, raffles and a Youth Appreciation Day first – teen movie night featuring ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.’ With the help of Bennington College, the screening is set to start at dusk under the pavilion. Special events will take place throughout the day and include a drawing workshop with local author and illustrator Leonard Kenyon, Tae Kwon Do demonstrations, fire truck fun with the Bennington RFD, and the second annual Youth Appreciation Awards.
The event is a collaborative effort between Alliance for Community Transformations, United Ways of Vermont/Bennington County, the Town of Bennington and several AmeriCorps members. It wouldn’t be possible without the support of Stewart’s Shops and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. United Counseling Services and the Abbey Group have also been instrumental in the planning of this annual event.
“I think we all can agree it’s important to celebrate our children and let them know they matter, and that we’re proud of who they are,’ said Dare Meunier, director of Alliance for Community Transformations. In case of rain, the day’s festivities will be moved inside to Mount Anthony Union Middle School. The movie will happen outside regardless, so bring a blanket.