LLUCH Children’s Day exceeds attendance expectations
The folks from Farmer Boys restaurants made a big hit with the kids as they offered free snacks to passersby. Farmer Boys was the official sponsor of the 23rd annual Children’s Day event of Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.
Kids came in droves for the 23rd annual Children’s Day at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital. In fact, according to Dorothy Clark Brooks, child life specialist at LLUCH and coordinator of the event, a total of 1,856 people attended the event, which was held on Wednesday, May 14, 2008, on the lawn between Prince Hall, Coleman Pavilion, and the University Church. Farmer Boys restaurants sponsored the event.
As guests walked around the event, they were treated to gifts of free food and drink—courtesy of Farmer Boys restaurants and Jamba Juice, respectively—and a host of fun educational displays. One display, however, took the lesson directly to the kids. It proudly featured the interactive and unforgettable dance of Soap and Germ. Whenever Soap (a man dressed in white to symbolize a sudsy bar of the cleaning solution) drew near to Germ (a woman in a green costume who represented a dangerous bacteria) she always ran away. The inescapable conclusion was that soap chases germs away.
Ms. Brooks noted that the purpose of Children’s Day is to give kids an opportunity to learn about a variety of health topics as well as to experience what it’s like to be a patient in a medical setting. On display at the event—which was free of charge thanks to the generosity of Farmer Boys—were a teddy bear clinic where kids administered bandages and immunizations to their dolls and stuffed animals, a cast booth with pretend finger casts for k
What better way to cool down on a hot day than shooting a stream of water at balloons in an effort to make the fence fall down? These boys were enjoying a display sponsored by the Loma Linda Fire Department at the 23rd annual Children’s Day celebration on May 14, 2008.
ids with imaginary owies, and the snake education program presented by Sean Bush, MD, replete with several species of live rattlesnakes and other local serpents. For some reason, kids are always more fascinated with snakes than their parents would like them to be. Another popular attraction was the safety and fire prevention trailer featuring a house on fire.
“Our goal was to make health a fun topic for kids,” says Ms. Brooks. “We designed the program to make things interesting for kids ages 3 to 12. It combined an interactive educational approach with the fun of exploration to help children become comfortable with taking better care of their health.”
A number of colorful displays spotlighted various aspects of kids’ health. The displays included: Germs and Me, Taking Care of My Heart, Eating the Right Foods, Taking Care of My Lungs, and Taking Care of My Teeth. The Inland Empire SAFE KIDS Coalition offered practical tips on car seat safety, bike helmet safety, and trauma prevention.
Farmer Boys’ official mascot, Farmer Boy Roy, put in a special appearance to encourage kids to take charge of their health. He also made sure there were plenty of snacks for everyone at the event. The child life department of Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital offered information about services it provides to hospitalized children. The Loma Linda Fire Department brought a hook and ladder truck to the event and set up balloons on a rope for the kids to try to knock over with a blast of water from a hose.
By James Ponder