Summit County Juvenile Court Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio will host the second annual father friendly community event June 10 from 1 to 4 p.m., at Lock 3 Park in downtown Akron (rain or shine). The first 1,000 attendees will be treated to a free lunch.
Admission is free and free parking will be provided to all. Also, free rides on any regular METRO RTA line-service bus, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the day of the event, will be offered to fathers and families that flash a Father Friendly Community Event promotional image (electronic or print) to a bus operator. The free fare does not apply to Metro Scat, Call-A- Bus or Northcoast Express Services.
Also, the first 100 Father Friendly Community Event attendees to visit the Akron Children's Museum will be offered free admission. The Akron Children's Museum is also located at Lock 3 Park.
The event is being coordinated by a collaborative of non-profit community and government agencies for the purpose of celebrating responsible fathers, promoting positive father-child interaction, and encouraging healthy fathering and co-parenting to future generations.
"This overwhelming level of community support is indicative that a true cultural shift, in support of fatherhood involvement, is happening here in Summit County," said Summit County Juvenile Court Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio.
The happening will feature costumed characters (Minion Look-alikes, Zippy), family fun activities, a game truck, give-a- ways, inflatables, live entertainment and more. Those in attendance will also have an opportunity to visit with exhibitors and learn more about the various programs and services being made available to fathers and families throughout Summit County.
"This pre-Father's Day event provides area dads with an excellent opportunity to discuss their parental concerns with knowledgeable and trusted professionals who are leading the responsible fatherhood movement across Summit County," added Summit County Juvenile Court Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio.
In Summit County, there are 36,000 children living without a biological father in the home. About 6,900 of those single-parent households with children are living below the federally established poverty line.
"Whether the household is led by a female with an absentee father, or led by a male with an absentee mother, there is a need for fatherhood assistance," said Bill Macchione, coordinator of the Summit County Fatherhood Initiative. "Financial support is important, but data shows that outcomes for children will improve not by virtue of financial support alone, but also through high-quality father-child interactions."
To encourage such interactions, Father Friendly exhibitors will be facilitating the following family fun activities: corn hole, make-and- take crafts (creating a Father's Day card), face painting, interactive lessons on the art of face shaving and tying a necktie, signing a fatherhood pledge, posing for a "That's My Dad" photo, mingling with members of The University of Akron sporting teams, and much, much more.
For more information, visit the Father Friendly Community Event page on Facebook, www.facebook.com/fatherfriendlysummitcounty/. Twitter users are encouraged to tweet @FFSummitCounty. Citizens without access to the internet may call 330-643-2939.