Free is the Key

Annual Summit for Kids is Saturday
Posted on 08/16/2018
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Students can get free health screenings and a backpack filled with school supplies at the Summit for Kids expo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at the John S. Knight Center, 77 East Mill St.

It's the ninth year for the expo, which is open to students in kindergarten through grade 12 and their families. A record 18,000 parents and children attended last year's expo, according to Greta Johnson, the assistant chief of staff for the Summit County executive.

"Word has spread about what a beneficial program it is," Johnson said. "Everything is free. You can just come for a dental screening or pick up some school supplies ... and have fun that day."

Free health screenings and services offered at the event include:
  • Asthma screenings
  • Back-to-school and sports physicals
  • Blood pressure checks
  • Child identification cards
  • Dental care
  • Preschool and kindergarten readiness screenings
  • Vision screenings

"We've tried to ramp up our services and provide even more health screenings than we did last year," Johnson said. "The Knight Center has a big capacity, but people start lining up pretty early for the 10 a.m. start."

Other expo happenings include a fashion show by Goodwill Industries and a workshop for kids courtesy of Home Depot. Musical entertainment will be provided by 91.3 the Summit and the Ellet High School Marching Band. The expo also will feature appearances by Black Panther, Spiderman, the Minions, Daniel Tiger and Katerina Kittycat, along with face painting, balloon artists and other entertainment on the main event stage.

The expo is sponsored by PNC Foundation, Akron Children's Hospital, Cleveland Clinic Akron General, Buckeye Health Plan, Summit Educational Services, Akron Public Schools, United Way of Summit County, Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority, Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro, Summit County Juvenile Court, Summit County Children Services, Child Guidance and Family Solutions and the Summit County ADM Board.

The expo was started by Russ Pry, the late county executive, and Juvenile Court Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio as an extension of the 2008 Summit on Children. The Summit on Children was established as a way to connect families in need with services in Ohio counties.
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