Free Family Fun Events

Starting August 7th the KYDS Coalition, a local drug prevention community coalition, is hosting Family Days in local parks for community members. These events, which take place in area parks between 5:30pm-7:30pm, will include free family friendly activities such as entertainment, arts and crafts, fun snacks, games and giveaways.

"Keeping youth drug-free and safe is our goal," says project specialist Melinda Kmetz. "It's about bringing the community together. So many people want to make a difference and together we can."

The family nights are part of the coalition's broader effort to make Broome County a better place to live. Founded in 2000, the KYDS Coalition is a unique collaboration of agencies, organizations and school districts in the community.

"We work to create opportunities for supportive, healthy, drug-free youth, families, and neighborhoods in Broome County by strengthening existing partnerships between traditional and non-traditional prevention teams," added Kmetz. The KYDS Coalition is funded by the federal Drug Free Communities Support Program Grant, through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP).

Join the KYDS Coalition Family Days in the parks on:

August 7th- Northside Park, Oak Hill Avenue, Endicott

August 14th- Recreation Park, Beethoven Street, Binghamton

August 21st- Floral Ave Park, Floral Ave, Johnson City

August 28th- Highland Park, Hooper Road Endwell

If you are interested in becoming involved in the KYDS Coalition or are a local business willing to donate services for our community events contact Melinda Kmetz 607.778.1146

Posted: 7/15/2008 12:00 am


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