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Wayne Post
  • Catholic Charities hosts Wayne County Day of Play

  • The Wayne County Board of Supervisors has proclaimed that May 4 will be a county-wide Day of Play. At its meeting on March 19 the board issued its proclamation in response to the request of Catholic Charities of Wayne County, which is launching a new initiative titled: “Remember to Play”.

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  • The Wayne County Board of Supervisors has proclaimed that May 4 will be a county-wide Day of Play. At its meeting on March 19 the board issued its proclamation in response to the request of Catholic Charities of Wayne County, which is launching a new initiative titled: “Remember to Play”.  
    Remember to Play is based on the need for children and families to incorporate more free play within their daily lives.  Catholic Charities’ work providing counseling for children and youth in school districts throughout Wayne County reinforces national research and trends; that play is an important part of a child’s day and that the practice of imaginative free play is quickly deteriorating.
    The ability for a child to play offers a wide range of benefits to physical health, emotional well-being, social skills, and academic ability. Unfortunately, an increase in technological entertainment in society has children spending more time in front of television and computer screens rather than engaging in creative and imaginative play. While a large percentage of children participate in organized sports and activities, learning valuable skills such as team work and perseverance, free play allows children the opportunity to be creative, gain empathy, participate in decision making and negotiating, and learn valuable coping skills.
    Catholic Charities intends to utilize Wayne County’s proclaimed Day of Play as an opportunity to educate parents and care-givers throughout the county about the importance of free and unstructured play. In addition to the support of the Wayne County Board of Supervisors who heard a presentation of the initiative at their monthly Health and Human Services meeting and later approved the Day of Play Proclamation, Catholic Charities has also obtained support from the Strong Museum of Play and school personnel from various districts throughout the county.
    During Wayne County’s Day of Play, families are encouraged to engage in free, imaginative play such as tag, using side-walk chalk, flying a kite, playing games such as Simon Says, Red Rover, and a variety of other simple, fun games and activities at their local parks and recreation facilities. Catholic Charities staff members and representatives from Strong Museum of Play will be present at various parks throughout the county to interact with those who attend and to provide additional information about the benefits of play.  Healthy snacks and materials for play will be available free of charge to those who participate.
    For information regarding locations and additional details about Wayne County’s Day, call 331-4867.
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