Eastern Mennonite University

EMU to host TV-3 Children First Day again

2007 Children First Day at EMU
TV-3 staff make a grand entrance at Children First Day, arriving in front of University Commons on a horse-drawn cart. (Courtesy TV-3)

2007 Children First Day at EMU
Each year dozens of area vendors set up in the gym of University Commons. (Courtesy TV-3)

Children First Day, an annual Harrisonburg event that draws thousands of families each year, will be held at EMU's University Commons Saturday, Sept. 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sponsored primarily by TV-3 (WHSV) and with help from corporate sponsorships, families have enjoyed this fun-filled event, geared toward children, since 1996.

Event becoming EMU tradition

2009 will mark the third consecutive year EMU has hosted the fun afternoon, which will include demonstrations, crafts, great food, a petting zoo, special shows, and more. Community groups will also be on hand with safety and health information for those attending. (Interested vendors should note the event is free.)

In 2008, several thousand children and family members spent the day on EMU’s campus.  Approximately 200 EMU faculty, staff and student volunteers participated in the event last year.

Lynn Veurink, assistant director of auxiliary services at EMU, considered the day to be a huge success.  “Children First Day is truly a great opportunity to give back to the children of the Shenandoah Valley.  It allows for community organizations, as well as EMU faculty, staff and students, to work along side each other toward a common goal and a very worthwhile endeavor.  There is fun to be had by all!” said Veurink.

Contact Lynn Veurink at (540) 432-4663 to volunteer or for more information.

- article by: Brooke Fansler, English major; posted June 10, 2009