Carnival educates, entertains kids, families

On a rainy Wednesday, the crowd inside the James Roberts Memorial Building at Roberts Park played games, took a quiz and won prizes, all in the name of life skills training.

Fayette Regional Care Pavilion hosted a spring break carnival to help educate children and families on the dangers of drugs and addiction.

The Care Pavilion provides comprehensive behavioral health substance use disorder treatment programs and services for youth. The carnival was made possible by the Indiana Family & Social Services Administration.

Spring break is a perfect time to involve kids and their families who receive services from the Care Pavilion, Jessica Whited, prevention services program manager, said.

“I think with spring break, a lot of kids have a lot of down time and then they can get in a lot of trouble. So, we’re trying to give them something to look forward to, something to do and be constructive about it,” Whited said.

Whited said the carnival was not only for the clients they serve at the Care Pavilion, but also for the entire community and other communities.

“Our prevention program is through the high school right now, but we want to reach out to kids of all ages,’ Whited said. “The earlier we can start this and give them something to do, the more we can head it off the pass, so to speak.”

Each station or vendor at the carnival offered information on services they offer, in addition to learning games that teach things such as good nutrition.

Each child answered questions on a quiz about substance abuse prevention. Answers to the questions were available at the various tables, requiring kids to visit the tables to check their answers.

Kay Riker Peyton was manning the spin-the-wheel station where kids could learn about the negatives of drugs and addiction. Each child could win a prize, as did Shailee Moss, 9, and Jordan Vogel, 6, whose spin stopped on a free t-shirt.

Joe Payton, who was with his wife and grandchildren visiting each table, liked the idea of the carnival and believes more events like it would be beneficial to the community.

“It’s pretty awesome,” Payton said. “It’s a good thing for the community. It’s what we need a lot of for the kids. I think we need to have more of it; the kids enjoy it.”