JOHNSON CITY – The Department of Pediatrics at East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine will host its sixth annual “Once Upon a Time Celebration” on Sunday, April 14, from 2-4 p.m. at ETSU’s Intramural Fields, 1244 Jack Vest Drive.
The event is free and open to the public, and free parking is available in the lot behind Bojangles’ and Knight’s Pizza.
The annual event is held in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month and will include physical activity stations, educational activities, games, bounce houses, and a parade led by members of the Science Hill High School Marching Band and Johnson City Mayor Jenny Brock.
Children and families are invited to dress up as their favorite storybook characters. Families will also be able to receive information about preventing child abuse at the event’s Dare to Share station.
As part of this effort to prevent child abuse, an educational conference on human trafficking is being held on Friday, April 12, from 12-1 p.m. in the Nancy B. Stanton Auditorium, located in Quillen College of Medicine’s Stanton-Gerber Hall on the Mountain Home VA campus.
The events are co-sponsored by the ETSU Department of Pediatrics, Niswonger Children’s Hospital, the Children’s Advocacy Center of the 1st Judicial District, ETSU Early Childhood Programs, Live Well Washington, ETSU’s Clemmer College and Quillen ETSU medical students.
Dozens of local community organizations and vendors from the ETSU Farmers’ Market are participating. Financial support is provided by the Quillen College of Medicine Joseph L. Michal Sr., and Mary B. Harris MD, MPH, Community Pediatrics Endowment and Plato’s Closet.
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