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Did you know that according to Safe Kids Worldwide, 73% of car seats are not used or installed correctly? Improper use of a child safety seat can result in injuries or death. Parents and caregivers can have their car seat installation checked for FREE by the Dorel Group from Columbus, Indiana at the upcoming 5th annual JCYF youth health fair on April 23rd, 2015 from 5 to 8 pm at the North Vernon Elementary School. Adults will be provided material and instruction on proper child passenger safety and car seat installation. In addition families have a chance to win a new car seat in the door prize drawing.

It's not too late for other businesses and organizations to participate. The Health Fair is a FREE event for youth and families in Jennings County. This is a unique opportunity for vendors to connect with families. With the generosity of community sponsors: St. Vincent Jennings Hospital, Schneck Family Care, Schneck Foundation, Subway, Jennings County Sheriff Department, Toyota Industrial Equipment, the North Vernon Elementary PTO and many in-kind donations of time, services and supplies, JCYF plans to once again provide the following FREE to youth and families: car seat safety checks, vision screening, BMV K-ID kits, back/spine screenings, dental supplies, physical fitness demonstrations, a meal and healthy snacks, recreational opportunities, door prizes and more! We are still confirming all of the performances and demonstrations but are happy to share that STEPS dance teams and Shea Dancers will be there as well as special guest Heros the Police Dog and Officer Richmond.

We are also excited to have the BMV K-ID’S booth again this year. K-ID's is the nation’s leading provider of FREE and low-cost child identification cards. The K-ID organization believes in safeguarding our children, and see their ID cards as the first step toward success. Thanks to corporate and community sponsors, they have created over 15 thousand child ID cards since 2006.

REGISTRATION is FREE for vendors to participate. To REGISTER: please visit www.jcyf.in/calendar.php and click 'buy a ticket' to reserve a booth and provide the organizations' information and booth needs. There is a limited number of tables available, vendors are encouraged to bring their own if able. Registration should be completed by April 15th for planning purposes. For additional information or late registration, please contact the event planning team at 812-718-2088.

The Health & Safety Fun Fair was created in 2010 by JCYF to promote the well-being of our children. Because JCYF is a not-for-profit organization, the principal goal of the fair was to obtain funds and help organizations distribute pertinent health and safety-related information to children and their families while providing a FUN atmosphere. What makes our fair unique is the interactive and engaging booths that occupy the youth’s attention so the organizations can discuss information with parents and caregivers. In 2014 JCYF joined forces with the local Jennings County School's Parent Teacher Organizations (PTO’s) to maximize our impact and the name was changed to the Youth Health Fair. That partnership allowed the 2014 fair to soar with an estimated 600 people in attendance and around 40 vendors up from 25 the prior year! This year's fair is expected to be even better since expanding focus to include even more health and safety related services and as the fair gains popularity among Jennings County residents. SAVE THE DATE and make plans to attend!

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