On July 12, 2019, Root for Kids hosted its 2nd Annual Health Fair for kids enrolled in the Caterpillar Clubhouse. This year, The University of Utah Physician Assistant Program joined the fun! That made it possible to also invite our Early Head Start families to receive free health services.
Identifying health conditions early is key to ensure a child’s success. By addressing any concerns early on, they will have the best chance to grow and develop appropriately. Thirteen children participated in the fair and all of them received well child exams. They also received fluoride varnish, blood lead levels, hearing, developmental screenings, vision and hematocrit levels.
It is also important for adults to get regular check ups! More than often adults are so busy making sure their kids are alright that they forget to take care of themselves. Thirteen adults received a variety of health screenings such as blood pressure, blood glucose, height, weight BMI, Spot Vision Screen, OAE -Hearing testing and depression. Three adults were referred for further medical needs, two adults were referred for further hearing testing and one adult referred for further vision.
Thank you to everyone who helped make this day a success!
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Summer is upon us and with it endless opportunities to have fun with the kids! It’s the season for swimming, traveling, camping, watching fireworks, going to the county fair, and so much more. Whether you are a local or planning to visit the red rock country, check out the best things to do with the kids this summer in St. George!
Cool Off on the Splash Pads
It can get pretty hot around here so splash pads are quite popular in the summertime. The kids will love playing in the water and you will love the fact that it is free. Try the splash pads at the St. George Town Square, Hidden Valley Park, Thunder Junction All Abilities Park, Sullivan Virgin River Soccer Park, Pine View Park and Archie H. Gubler Park.
Take a Music Class
Kids can learn so many skills through music and summer can be the perfect time to hone those skills. For children 0-3 years old and their parent or caregiver, Root for Kids is offering week-long Kindermusik® summer camps throughout the summer! The camps include 2 in-studio classes and one field trip related to that week’s theme.
It doesn’t get much better than lying in a blanket in the middle of the park to watch a fun movie under the stars. To make your summer dreams a reality, St. George’s Sunset on the Square hosts bi-monthly free movie nights at the Town Square in June, July and August. Games, food and dancing start at 6:00 p.m. and the movie starts at dusk.
Explore Historic St. George
St. George has a rich history and many places in the downtown area that you can explore on your own. But if you want to make it more interesting for the kids and bring history to life, check out the Historic St. George Live tour! From June 1 to August 31, you can meet historic figures such as Brigham Young, Erastus Snow, Jacob Hamblin and Judge John Menzies as well as pioneer settlers at different historic locations. Tours start at the St. George Art Museum and are only $3 for ages 12 and up (children are free with an adult). After the tour, you can use the same ticket to explore the St. George Art Museum as well.
Attend Local Events
St. George hosts a variety of family-friendly events throughout the year, especially during the summer. From March through October, you can enjoy the St. George Streetfest every first Friday of the month. In the beginning of August, the traditional Washington County Fair takes place and this year Root for Kids is excited to sponsor the Baby Contest! And of course you can’t miss the 4th of July Celebration at Town Square.
It doesn’t matter what activities you do this summer with the kids, the most important thing is to spend quality family time together!
Root for Kids serves 600 children every week in their homes to help them and their families. You can help us promote the success of children one family at a time by joining us on September 7, 2019 for The Secret Garden Gala.
On May 20, 2019 we celebrated over 100 children graduating from Root for Kids programs. Kids aging out of the programs between January and July are invited for a Spring Graduation event organized by Root for Kids. This graduation, we asked the parents to share a little bit about their journey with Root for Kids with us! Check out a few of the stories.
“When we moved to the area in 2018, we had five children under 6 and one on the way. The love, support and guidance given by Root for Kids made this transition so much better. Our children love the visits and we feel like RFK is more friends and family than “just” a program. Our daughters and sons have truly grown with RFK and we love it!”
“My son was brought into the program worried that he might be behind on some skills. One year later he is graduating and is testing above average across the board! Thanks Root for Kids :)”
“Hazel is the #10 child in our family and she was born with Down syndrome. We have absolutely loved the Root for Kids program. I am positive that Hazel has done so much better with the help of her specialists! I have grown to love each and every one of people, and so has Hazel. She has excelled in speech therapy, physical therapy and continues to amaze us each day. Thank you so much for giving our child this head start!”
“Being in a Root for Kids program has been one of the very best decisions we’ve made for out three children. Two of my kids weren’t able to speak very well and it was quite frustrating. With the help of many different RFK employees we’ve come so far, and found much great accomplishments and major growth. We love RFK, they are true heroes.”
“My Root for Kids story has been special for many reasons. I didn’t know about this program until my fourth child out of five, so I can tell the difference in the development of my son who was in the program compared to my three older children who were not. I can also notice the difference in us parents with what we have learned. Our family is very grateful for the program and for everyone who makes it possible for it to happen. Thank you very much for everything.”
Every year, Root for Kids joins all Parents as Teachers programs in Utah for the Utah Families Connect event. The theme this year at Root for Kids was developing healthy habits. Thus, staff prepared and served a healthy dinner, planned obstacle courses for the kids and offered parent/child yoga classes. About 50 families and 150 children came to event! Also, several organizations were invited to table at the event to provide community resources for the families. Check out our favorite moments from the Fit Kid Fair below.
Everyone loved the smoothie station at the event. Try them at home!
Spring is finally here! It’s the perfect time to be outside
with the family before it gets too hot. There are so many activities and events
to choose from that it can be hard to keep track of all of them. To make planning
easier for you, we rounded up our favorite free spring events below. Follow the link in the heading to see the
Every year St. George Streetfest brings together performers, artists, food trucks and crafters downtown St. George. The events happen every first Friday of the month from March through December from 6:00 pm to Midnight. The big highlight of this year is the new Silent Disco Party for all ages!
The radio’s annual spring festival features free live music
and entertainment as well as opportunities to win prizes. Everyone is invited!
This year La Sonora Tropicana and Banda Arkangel R15 will present at the
The Kite Festival has been around for 20 years and it’s a
St. George classic family event. Entrance, parking, entertainment and some of
the children games are free of cost (other children activities are $1 to $4).
The Ivins City Easter Egg Hunt will be at UNITY Park
following the Hog & Jog 5K. Children up to 12
years old are allowed in the hunting area (parents may give guidance and direction
to children 4 years old and younger, but they must be able to walk and pick eggs
without assistance). Don’t forget to bring your own Easter basket!
Another traditional event in the area is the Washington City
Cotton Days. The week is packed with events and activities such as rodeo, movie
in the park, 5K, parade, car show and much more. Most of the activities are
free! Check out their event page for more information.
Spending quality time as a family is important to build strong relationships with your children. See how you can help over 600 families in Washington County every week.
Since 2002, Root for Kids partners with the Dixie State University Dental Hygiene program to provide free oral health services to children and pregnant moms enrolled in Early Head Start and Parents as Teachers. This year we expanded that partnership to include The University of Utah Physician Assistant (PA) program! On March 22, 2019 they joined us for the first time at our Root for Kids Dental Hygiene Clinic Day.
At the last clinic, 17 Root for Kids clients received cleanings, oral cancer screenings and got their vital signs checked. All children received topical fluoride and parents received education on oral care for themselves and their families. In addition, all participants received an age-appropriate oral kit for coming to the clinic. The U of U PA students worked together with DSU Dental Hygiene students on the patient’s health history and oral cancer screening. This collaboration is amazing as the students are learning from each other. They referred two adults out for services with a volunteer dentist and one child to an oral surgeon.
The students were supervised by staff and by Dr. Butler, Dr. Scholzen and Dr. Gutierrez, volunteer dentists. We are grateful for their time and passion as we would not be able to do this work without them. Root for Kids staff arranged their schedules to make sure they were there with the families they serve. They also provided interpretation for the Spanish-speaking families!
The services the PA students can offer is only going to grow for our Root for Kids families. We are excited for other special events we are going to host with them! To help support more events and partnerships like this, check out how you can become a sponsor.