Dallas, Texas (PressExposure) March 29, 2011 -- Heart of a Warrior Foundation (HOAW) announces the 2011 Spring Festival, a free community event to celebrate education. The Spring Festival will take place on Saturday, April 16 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Willie B. Johnson Recreation Center in Hamilton Park, located at 12225 Willowdell Drive in northeast Dallas. The HOAW-sponsored festival will include games, activities and food as well as information and registration for HOAW's Summer Learning Program. HOAW provides educational programs and support for underserved children throughout the city of Dallas.
The Spring Festival will feature a scavenger hunt, multiple bounce houses, face painting, an egg hunt with 6,000 eggs, an appearance by Bernice the Bunny and opportunities to win prizes. One participant from each age group in the scavenger hunt will have a chance to win an iTouch. Likewise, anyone who signs up for the HOAW Summer Learning Program will have a chance to win a new bicycle. Parents can obtain free children's identification kits from McGruff the Crime Dog and meet with local police and firefighters during the event.
"The Spring Festival is an opportunity for families to have fun together in a community setting," said Gail Warrior, founder and chairwoman of HOAW. "While families are enjoying the festival, it's also an opportunity to introduce them to HOAW and our summer enrichment program, where children are encouraged to learn and be productive leaders in the community through tutoring and education-based activities and field trips."
Warrior founded HOAW in 2007 to provide continued enrichment during summer months to boost children's academic learning. The goal of the Summer Learning Program is to eliminate the tremendous learning gap often seen in lower-income students in the fall caused by the lack of high-quality activities and educational studies during the summertime. Last year, 155 students, aged 6-15, participated in the program.
"Our program isn't the typical arts and crafts projects of summer camps past," said Seandell Phillips, executive director of HOAW. "Instead, HOAW's eight-week Summer Learning Program is designed to help underserved area-children bridge the gap in education and life skills that many would not otherwise have access to. The program is staffed with trained professionals who provide hands-on instruction Monday through Friday for three hours a day, with enrichment field trips that add to the student's quality-of-life experiences."
Registration for the HOAW Spring Festival begins at 10:30 a.m. on April 16 and parents and children are encouraged to come early. Additional information about the festival, HOAW and the Summer Learning Program is available at http://www.heartofawarriorfoundation.org.