The campus was filled with a variety of fun childrens activities led by students in Associate Professor Ariane Schratters child development class, Bonner Scholars and students in the colleges American Humanics nonprofit management program.
There were face painting, arts and crafts, child safety kits, a moon bounce and inflatable obstacle course for children, musical entertainment, karaoke, and door prizes.
And rain. Although the rain held off several of the planned
activities, the crowd was not disheartened. "MayFest is a time to come
together in celebration of children and their families, and to
strengthen our community by simply enjoying each others
company," said Dr. Billy Newton, director of the Center for Strong Communities at Maryville College, in a press release.
The event is part of the Childrens Advocacy Centers "Making Families Strong and Free" prevention program. New Hopes executive director Trudy Hughes, said MayFest and other upcoming activities are designed to assist all families in doing the very best they can to encourage and enhance the successful development of their children.
Sponsors for MayFest 2007 included Alcoa Wal-Mart, Murlins
Music, Aramark, Foothills Cinema, ThunderWorld USA, Mr. Gattis
Pizza, Hastings and K-B Toys.