Stand together

Kids have fun while parents learn at a free community event.

Story by Wendy Rose Gould
Photos by Clinton Lewis

Ask any child what the ideal day would include, and hula hooping, miniature train rides, tasty food and face painting probably would rank high. All can be found at Stand for Children Day, an annual event in Bowling Green, Kentucky, that has become a staple for families in Warren County.

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The Kiwanis Club of Bowling Green co-sponsors the event, which hosts more than 50 businesses and organizations and brings in roughly 1,300 attendees. The event began in 1997 with the goal of entertaining the community’s children while making their families aware of the area’s many available resources. 

“This is an event that brings local agencies, organizations and businesses together to say to the children of our community that we care,” says Lisa Rice, the Kiwanis club’s 2017-18 president. “Every participant has a booth with a fun activity for children manned by adults giving their time to these children. It is also an opportunity for agencies and organizations that service children to let parents and caregivers know what services are available to them.”

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This year, for example, the Bowling Green Human Rights Commission offered coloring books that provided information on discriminatory housing practices. Organizations such as the Barren River District Health Department and the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana, among dozens of others, also did outreach. 

“This is not a fundraiser for our club, but it is near to our hearts for a couple of reasons,” Rice explains. “First, it does raise money for Community Education, which serves thousands of children in their after-school programs. This is just one way we have found to support the children of Warren County. Another reason this event means so much to so many of us is that it was started and championed by former Kiwanian and president of our club Anne Grubbs.” 

Grubbs passed away several years ago, but members agree that she epitomized what it truly means to be a Kiwanian. It’s people like her and events like Stand for Children Day that remind the Bowling Green Kiwanians just how important children are and just how much supporting them pays off.


This story originally appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of Kiwanis magazine.

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