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2013 Children’s Week – Help Us Celebrate!

By Guest Bloggers, the Children’s Weeks team.  Children’s Week is rapidly approaching, with just weeks left until we begin our first event for the week, Hanging of the Hands at the Capitol. Local events have been taking place around the state since February, and will continue well into April. These local events help lead us into the main events at the Capitol in Tallahassee, and help to involve everyone around the state.

Over the past 17 years, Children’s Week has remained the only broad-based promotion of children and family issues in Florida. A true grassroots event since its inception, Children’s Week is supported by over 100 different non-profit, corporate, philanthropic, faith based, state agencies and organizations.  Children’s Week develops and implements over 200 community events and activities statewide, bringing thousands of parents, children, policy makers, professionals, community leaders, and concerned citizens together to share valuable knowledge and information about a wide range of children’s issues in each community across the state of Florida and at the State Capitol.

Children’s Week is thrilled to have such wonderful and helpful sponsors for this year’s events. Children’s Week would not be possible without the help of their Primary partner Comcast, Breakfast Partner Florida Dairy Farmers, Media partners Clear Channel and Tallahassee Democrat, Premier Partner United Healthcare, Hanging of the Hands partner Association Internet Video, and all of the Community, Statewide, and “One Voice” Partners for ensuring children and families have their voices heard at the State Capitol.

There are many great events planned for Children’s Week 2013, or for all of the tech-savvy readers, #CW2013.

The Guided tours of the New and Old Capitol Buildings begin on Monday, April 8 at 8:00 a.m., and can be scheduled through Wednesday, April 10 at 11:00 am.  Groups will tour the Florida State Capitol buildings during Legislative Session and learn more about Florida government, civics, and state history. Tours last between 45 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes. These tours act as a “live classroom” for youth and adults alike. To register for these tours, email info@childrensweek.org.

The #CW2013 Awards Dinner and Reception will be held on Monday, April 8 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at University Center Club. Dinner tickets are $50 each, with a limited number being available for the general public (offered on a first come, first served basis). The evening features a dynamic keynote speaker Justice James E.C. Perry, live entertainment, a decadent dinner and reception, and the opportunity to network with more than 350 advocates, policy makers, and business leaders. For more information regarding the dinner, please contact Jenna Brown with the Children’s Forum at jjbrown@thechildrensforum.com or call (850) 487-6344.

Florida Dairy Farmers will be providing Breakfast at the Capitol on April 9th from 8 to 10 a.m., featuring a complementary “Grab and Go Breakfast” with milk, yogurt, granola and fruit. Get a healthy and tasty start to your day before all of the other great activities at the Capitol
for Children’s Week!

Another great aspect of Children’s Week is the Legislative Reading Corner. Dozens of Florida Legislators will read to children throughout the day on the Courtyard of the State Capitol, and free books will be provided to all children who participate. For further information and times, check out the website here.

The Florida Youth Commission will also have a strong presence at Children’s Week. The Florida Youth Commission “Teens Only” Town Hall Meeting takes place from 10 to 11:30 am. This Town Hall Meeting provides a forum and voice for students from across the state to work together with Florida’s Children and Youth Cabinet to address important issues related to Children’s Services.

#CW2013 will also have a luncheon, where thousands of attendees will receive complementary healthy boxed lunches in the State Capitol Courtyard. After the luncheon, we will have the Youth Advocacy workshop from 1 to 2:30 pm. This fun and interactive advocacy workshop will inspire the new generation of youth advocates to participate in the issues they care most about. Middle School and High School students are encouraged to join us to learn how to turn your passions into actions!

We are so excited for all of our events at the Capitol this year, and we hope you are too. For even more information, the latest updates, and exclusive information be sure to “Like” Children’s Week on Facebook here, “Follow” here, “Pin” them here, and check out their website www.childrensweek.org.