Children’s day combines service, good times

Dozens of families join project to work in garden, play in water

Posted 7/31/18

Giggles, squeals of delight and the sound of splashing water filled the air during the July 21 Englewood Community Garden and Water Play Day at Colorado’s Finest High School of Choice. “This …

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Children’s day combines service, good times

Dozens of families join project to work in garden, play in water

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Giggles, squeals of delight and the sound of splashing water filled the air during the July 21 Englewood Community Garden and Water Play Day at Colorado’s Finest High School of Choice.

“This project was sponsored by the South Platte Communities United and we are supporting it,” said Toni Arnoldy, Englewood Police community relations specialist. “We are concerned about the rise in the number of at-risk youth, and Peter Cajina of SPCU suggested this event as a way to engage young people in service to their community.”

The families gathered on a grassy area behind the high school. There was a plastic slip-and-slide, a hose and a device to pump up water balloons that burst and doused the pumper.

Nate Chestnutt held his tiny daughter hand as she splashed in the water.

“She loves the chance to get wet,” he said. “It is a great way to cool off on a hot day like today.”

His wife Jennifer said her children were having a lot of fun.

“They like to get wet and cool off,” she said with a smile. “I almost wish I could get in the dunk tank.”

Shannon Hildebrandt also said her children, Sebastian, 7 and Aiko, 5, were enjoying spending the day in the garden and playing in the water.

“I learned about today’s activities on Facebook and I am glad we came. I think they learned a lot about how food is grown as they helped out in the community gardens here at the high school,” she said. “They also had a lot of fun getting wet.”

Her son Sebastian said the day was fun.

“The garden was sort of fun but the water was more fun,” the 7-year-old said. “The mayor of Englewood was in the dunk tank and I was the first one to hit the target and dunk her.”

Nearby, Englewood Mayor Linda Olson was the willing target in the dunk tank.

“This is a great community event and I was glad to volunteer to be in the dunk tank,” Olson said with a smile. “The kids and their parents seem to be having a good time. My little break is over so I get I better go get wet again.”

Since all the splashing and playing in the water was expected to spark the appetite, Englewood Chick-fil-A was on hand to provide free lunches to everyone at the event.

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