2017-06-25 / Community View

Family Fun Day enjoyed by hundreds in downtown Lapeer


Lapeer County Sheriff’s Dept. member Cody the Horse says hello to 18-month-old Bryce Love and his father Bill Love. 
Photos by Nicholas Pugliese Lapeer County Sheriff’s Dept. member Cody the Horse says hello to 18-month-old Bryce Love and his father Bill Love. Photos by Nicholas Pugliese LAPEER — Wednesday, downtown Lapeer was host to Great Start of Lapeer County’s annual Family Fun Day event, which featured snacks, a bounce house and vision screenings for kids as well as booths of dozens of local organizations sharing information about their efforts.

The entire event was free and provided hours of fun for kids and important information for parents. “The Great Start collaboration coordinated the event,” said Great Start’s Susana Jackiewicz.

“We’re an umbrella organization to provide people the opportunity to organize and a bridge between communities and the public.”

The Family Fun Day event, according to Jackiewicz, served to provide resources to families and children. “It’s a free event, and a lot of the services here (sharing information) are free as well,” she said. “It’s just a nice day of fun, and something to do during the summer.”


The Lapeer County Sheriff’s Dept. MRAP Mobile Response vehicle was transformed into a jungle gym for kids to explore, including 20-month-old Hannah Soye, who got a boost through the roof hatch. The Lapeer County Sheriff’s Dept. MRAP Mobile Response vehicle was transformed into a jungle gym for kids to explore, including 20-month-old Hannah Soye, who got a boost through the roof hatch. Nicholas Pugliese



Lapeer County Sheriff’s Dept. Sgt. Tim McGuckin hands out stickers and crayons to Jack, Abel, David and Olivia Craig during Great Start of Lapeer County’s Family Fun Day. Lapeer County Sheriff’s Dept. Sgt. Tim McGuckin hands out stickers and crayons to Jack, Abel, David and Olivia Craig during Great Start of Lapeer County’s Family Fun Day.

Dana Moscheck of the Lapeer District Library reads the story of Gaston to a collection of kids on the historic courthouse steps. Dana Moscheck of the Lapeer District Library reads the story of Gaston to a collection of kids on the historic courthouse steps.

Eating well is one of the most important ways to maintain good health, and Lapeer County Intermediate School District’s Rebecca Mattison and Hollie Wagner learn a few tricks from Tanisha Robertson of Morrison Health Care, which provides meal service at McLaren Lapeer Region hospital. Eating well is one of the most important ways to maintain good health, and Lapeer County Intermediate School District’s Rebecca Mattison and Hollie Wagner learn a few tricks from Tanisha Robertson of Morrison Health Care, which provides meal service at McLaren Lapeer Region hospital.

Forever Friends Network organizer Regina Starr offers information about her autism support group to Lapeer’s Rachel Warnke. Forever Friends Network organizer Regina Starr offers information about her autism support group to Lapeer’s Rachel Warnke.

Zander Underhill, 18-months-old, learns of the joys of reading from Family Literacy Center (FLC) volunteer Sid Hinkin. The FLC was giving away free books to children during the event. Zander Underhill, 18-months-old, learns of the joys of reading from Family Literacy Center (FLC) volunteer Sid Hinkin. The FLC was giving away free books to children during the event.

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