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2014 Children’s Week – Join the Event, Support the Message!

By Guest Bloggers – Children’s Week Team:  Year after year, as you have heard about Children’s Week in the news and seen pictures around town, you may have asked yourself what it’s all about and who is it for?

You….parents, grandparents, educators, caretakers, volunteers…Children’s Week is for you!  Children’s Week is the largest and most widely attended event at the Capitol annually, but it’s not just another event at the State Capitol.  The event is designed for all children and families in Tallahassee and the State to attend and it’s entirely free.  Says Jason Zaborske, Children’s Week Statewide Coordinator,

“Children’s Week is one of Tallahassee’s best kept events.  When parents realize all of the free and fun activities taking place, they immediately make plans to bring their child(ren) to the State Capitol.  It’s the best day of the year to bring your children to the State Capitol.”

Florida’s Children’s Week is a special annual celebration filled with joyful singing voices of young children, the colorful “hanging of hands” and dedication of thousands of child advocate volunteers, capturing the true spirit and commitment that Florida has made to our children and youth.

Children’s Week not only takes place in Tallahassee, local event coordinators from across the state plan events in their areas to continue the celebration. For more information on events taking place in your area visit www.ChildrensWeek.org and view our local events by county.

2014 Children’s Week Schedule of Events

Tens of thousands of paper cut-outs of Children’s hands decorated by children and their teachers are collected at child care centers and schools across the state and are hung throughout the Capitol Rotunda creating an amazing display of Children’s art.  Schools, child care centers, and individuals from across the state have been submitting hands to hang at the Capitol for many years, and we encourage everyone to participate in this time honored tradition. The official Hanging of the Hands will take place at the State Capitol Rotunda on Sunday, April 6, 2014 from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

This year the 2014 Chiles Awards will be presented at the Children’s Week Awards Dinner and Ceremony, Monday April 7th. Join more than 400 guests as we kick-off Children’s Week in Tallahassee to honor and recognize Children’s Week Partners and non-profit leaders who dedicate their lives to Florida’s children and families.

The State Capitol Rotunda & Capitol Courtyard is transformed into the “Children’s Capitol for a Day” on Tuesday, April 8th. More than 5,000 children, parents, advocates, community leaders along with policy makers from throughout the state gather for a day of educational and interactive events & activities. Everyone can enjoy free breakfast and lunch, visit more than 100 partner booths, receive free giveaways, t-shirts, and meet with their legislators.

Dozens of Florida Legislators will read to children throughout the day on the Courtyard of the State Capitol, at the Legislative Reading Corner. Free books will be provided to all children who participate.

Thousands of attendees will receive complimentary healthy breakfast and lunches. Breakfast and Lunches are provided on a first come, first served basis. Advanced lunch reservations are accepted for large classes or groups traveling to Tallahassee.

Bring your family, class or organization to the Capitol during Children’s Week and enjoy guided tours of the old and new Capitol buildings Monday-Wednesday April 7th-9th. 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 30 minutes and provide a ‘live classroom’ for youth and adults to learn about Florida politics and civics.

The Youth Advocacy Workshop is a fun and interactive advocacy workshop that will inspire a new generation of youth advocates on Tuesday, April 8th at Tallahassee City Hall. If you are in middle or high school, please join us at our Youth Advocacy Workshop to learn how to turn your passions into action and make a difference in your community! Created by Florida Youth SHINE, a youth driven group of child advocates, this workshop will train the next generation of empowered teens. Have your voice heard!

If you would like to attend, e-mail your contact information to info@childrensweek.org or register for any of these events online at www.ChildrensWeek.org