May 3rd, the Kiwanis Club of Holly Springs
along with Holly Springs Parks and
Recreation hosted the twelfth annual Kids
Appreciation Day (KA Day) at Sugg Farm
Park, a first time for the event at this
venue. On a gorgeous outdoor Saturday
afternoon, the town’s families and business
community came together in near record
numbers to celebrate the accomplishments
of Holly Springs’ students and experience a
day unlike any other. There were games,
crafts, tae kwon do sessions, inflatables,
music, performances, awards, giveaways, snoballs and pizza. Master of ceremonies Mayor Dick Sears presented the Town’s proclamation of KA Day to Kiwanians and summed up the day with his signature quote, “If it’s good for the kids, it’s good for Holly Springs.”
After a performance by the Holly Springs Police K9 team attracted the audience to the stage area, Primrose School students got the day’s program underway with a song and the Pledge of Allegiance. The Holly Springs School of Dance was next with several numbers by over one-hundred kids providing a preview of performances planned for their Wizard of Oz themed “There’s No Place Like Home” Spring Recital.
The proudest moments of the day came during the Kiwanis Terrific Kids and Teachers Award ceremony. “TERRIFIC”
JHaniel Garcia, Brendan Tierney, Lilly Marley, Ms. Carrie Vaughan (Teacher) and Ms. Karen King (Teacher) of Holly Grove Elementary; Muyiwa Folarin, Rachel Goldman,
Jared Wydrzynski and Ms. Amber Clark (Teacher) of Holly Grove Middle; Emma Suzanne Rush, Michael Russolese, Cooper Jeffords and Ms. Pat Williams (Teacher) of Holly Ridge Elementary; and Sara Goldsobel, Madison Myott and Faith Spence of Holly Ridge Middle.
Our local businesses were also a big part of the event with this year’s Platinum Key sponsor Signature Family Dentistry, and Golden Key sponsor Fritz & Bovenizer Orthodontics. Other major sponsors included Chick-fil-A of Holly Springs, PSNC Energy, Relentless Church, Life Source Primary Care, Dr. Vito –Holly Springs Eye Associates, Massage Envy Spa, Foot Care Specialists of Holly Springs, and Corporate Kiwanis Member’s Winifred Bernard –USANA Independent Associate, Loving Lessons –Irene Gouge Pediatric Sleep Consultant, Edward Jones –Ryan Monteleone Financial Advisor, Challenge Island –Tom Harrington and Berkshire Hathaway Home Services –Mark Luke. Significant in-kind contributions were provided by perennial participants F&M
Entertainment, Pelican’s SnoBalls and The Original N. Y. Pizza, as well as Amber Foster Smith Photography –capture of the event in pictures, DJ Baldy –music and sound support and Sign Edge –event advertising signs. Key participants included the Holly Springs School of Dance, Primrose School at Holly Grove & West Lake, Holly Springs Fire Department, Holly Springs Police Department, and Jimmy Cobb (Kiwanis member) and the Holly Springs High School Key Club in support of event operations.
Over twenty businesses and organizations supported KA Day as vendors providing activities for kids and donating items for the very popular “Friends of Youth” raffle including Abagails Florist, AES Lending, Amber Foster Smith Photography, Best Paw Forward Dog Education/ Life Saver Pool Safety Solutions, Brittany B Photography, Chick- fil-A, Dragonfly Health & Fitness, Fritz & Bovenizer Orthodontics, Holly Springs School of Dance, Juice Plus-Go Get Well – Gary Williams, Kim's Yong-In Marshall Arts, Kraft Family YMCA, Miche – Janne LoFaro, Mickey World Travel – Robin Bandong, Oragami Owl – Angie Abromitis, Pampered Chef – Joan Bazata, Polar Ice House, Relentless Church, Thirty-One – Nicole Galiger, Tiger Rock Martial Arts of Holly Springs, Two Men and A Truck and Zach’s Toy Chest.
For more information, please visit www.HollySpringsKiwanis.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-457-8487.