For many in the metro-Atlanta area, the dates on or around August 10th signal the start of the 2015-16 school year.
Yes, it does signal the end of the summer and the start of the school year, a complete and creative blend of academics, after-school programming, extra-curricular events, and weekend activity. However, for some families, ranging from single parent to the traditional model or otherwise, it can be a challenging time. Combined with having to purchase items that many take for granted, including clothing, it can be a taxing time for parents and children.
On Sunday, July 26th, from 3-7pm, the Kid Zone Network is launching its series designed to help the aforementioned family units address this area of concern.
Taking place at the Taylor-Brawner Hall in Smyrna (3180 Atlanta Road), the network is hosting its inaugural even-exchange program. The focus of the event (and eventual monthly series) is to provide families with access to clothing resources (among others) to help provide the supplemental support that sometimes bypass a number of traditional and extended family units.
“We value the meaning of family as a critical social unit or group consisting of children, their parent(s), and/or guardian(s), whether they are dwelling together or not”, notes founder and CEO of Kid Zone Network, Latosha Lee, as part of our discussion yesterday (July 14th). “Our larger goal is to be a “one-stop-shop” for families in giving them access to resources to help enrich the overall family experience”.
The upcoming even-exchange is open to the general public. Parents are asked to bring gently used articles of children’s clothing, including shoes, hats, coats, and other related articles (undergarments are not permitted). For each article of clothing brought to the event, parents are able to receive a clothing ticket; each clothing ticket may be used to purchase clothing from other parents and donors.
As an added feature, metro-area businesses are invited and encouraged to serve as vendors for the event. Vendor tables are $30 per person and with each purchase, each vendor becomes a member of the larger network. With an emphasis on providing discounted family-themed services ranging from to access top-notch family-themed restaurants, stores, events, and recreational facilities (including those dedicated to health and wellness) at a reduced, family-friendly rate, members of the Kid Zone Network are able to garner an added tier of enrichment to the overall family experience. Additional services, including the even-exchange and the informal support services provided (including a live chat focusing on focused areas of need and concern), families, regardless of their structure, are able to utilize the resources that are available.
Registration is $10 (as an attendee); for details regarding registration of serving as a vendor, readers are encouraged to do so via Eventbrite (click HERE for more details). Likewise, if there are additional questions, readers may email firstname.lastname@example.org as well as visit their website (click HERE to visit the site) or their social media (click HERE for access).
Any clothing that is not purchased is scheduled for use for their future even-exchange events.
As a single-parent, Lee understands the demands that non-traditional families as well as conventional families have. Under the auspices of the Kid Zone Network, she is doing her part to help address said needs and areas of interest.
We are all family is the motto and mantra the Kid Zone Network operates under, Their launch on July 26th is just one of the ways in which they provide support for any family network.
An even-exchange, but clearly, it’s something bigger.