EAST LIVERPOOL - Kent State East Liverpool Moving Youth2Youth hit the streets of downtown East Liverpool Tuesday to get the word out.
The group, composed of students in Dr. Lydia Rose's Sociology class, is holding a special picnic to honor military families on Saturday as part of the Global Youth Service Day.
According to the www.GYSD.org website, Global Youth Service Day is the largest and longest-running service event in the world. It is the only major service event dedicated to youth. Events are planned this weekend throughout the nation.
As part of the curriculum, Dr. Rose had students plan a service project to coincide with Global Youth Service Day. When posed the question, student Krickett Robison suggested the picnic to honor military families, current soldiers and past members.
Robison stated, "We have holidays to honor the soldiers and veterans; but sometimes the families get overlooked. They need the recognition ... to know that the community is here to support them; especially, while their soldier is deployed."
The picnic will be a free community event held from 1:30-4 p.m. Saturday at Thompson Park, Pavilion 3.
Student Don Aeschbacher added, "The picnic will be a fantastic opportunity to honor and show our appreciation to the families and soldiers for the many sacrifices they make for our country."
The group made its way throughout the city to inform as many people as possible about the picnic and invited many along the way.
Classmates sat down with East Liverpool Mayor Jim Swoger to let him know about the event. After hearing all about the day's activities, he stated, "I think this picnic sounds like a wonderful idea. Anytime there is a chance to honor our military and their families, I am all for it."
Moving Youth2Youth has plenty of free activities planned for children throughout the day. Swoger added, "It's important to get kids involved. They need to learn at a young age the importance of giving back to the community."
The public is invited to attend to help the group honor our military families. There will be free food, music, face painting and games. Jennifer Rollyson said, "Come on out, it will be a blast; a great time for everyone."
Tri-State Burial Group will participate in the opening ceremony at 1:30 p.m.
For additional information, contact Dr. Rose at 330-382-7572.