By Janice Elizabeth Berte, Contributing Writer
Marlborough – Fun times were had June 1 at the 21st annual Safe Summer Fun Day at UMass Memorial – Marlborough Hospital. Parents and children gathered on the front lawn to learn how to stay healthy and safe at the many booths offered by the hospital.
“We are so happy to host the 21st annual Safe Summer Fun Day. It’s a great community event with lots of educational materials and fun activities for families,” said Ellen Carlucci, vice president of development and marketing. “We are happy to welcome all of our community partners who helped make this huge event a success.”
Children and parents alike enjoyed the trackless train that meandered around the hospital grounds, the obstacle course bouncy houses, balloon shaping, and “Name that Bone” and “Doctor Dress-up” – a booth where children got fun tattoos and stickers. Acting Lieutenant Laura Styn, firefighters Dan Valovcin and Michael Cisek gave parents and children tours of their fire truck.
Riding on the trackless train, parents Julie and Ted Parker said, “We saw the hospital post on Facebook,” and knew this would be a fun event for their daughter Margaret.
The bike tent was a huge success where children were fitted for bicycle helmets.
In addition to those events, there were several informational and community booths sharing health-related services on skin care, martial arts programs, and the Marlborough Alliance for Prevention – a booth that raises public awareness in helping teens with substance abuse issues.
According to “The Community Help (www.communityhelp.net) website is a service that links people with health and wellness programs throughout Massachusetts in getting medical care, food delivery, job training at a free or reduced cost,” explained volunteer and hospital employee Christine Cernak. “And, if you run into other challenging situations, we will gladly help you with those issues as well.”
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