Stand for Children Day, Celebrate Diversity and the Promise of Delaware’s Children

WILMINGTON, DE – Senator Tom Carper will join thousands of Delawareans Saturday to celebrate the diversity and promise of Delaware’s children. Stand for Children Day 2002 is part of a nationwide event that highlights issues impacting the lives of children. The Wilmington festivities will celebrate the state’s many cultures through diverse song and dance, recognize innovators and highlight the need for increased child advocacy. The celebration focuses on leaving no child behind. As Governor, Carper helped recruit thousands of mentors as part of the Creative Mentoring program and actively recruited individuals and corporations to mentor Delaware’s at-risk children. “Each of us is the person we are because of the influence of caring adults in our lives. While a parent is ideally a child’s best mentor, some children need more support than their parents can give. Mentoring gives a helping hand to children who need one,” Carper said. “It is important that every child in Delaware has a fair start. We must continue to work to level the playing field and give our kids the tools to succeed.” The daylong fair will include health screenings, safety presentations, service exhibits, voter registration booths and food vendors. Agency personnel from education, health and social services will be on hand to present information on services available and accessible to the community. WHAT: Carper celebrates the diversity and promise of Delaware’s children during Stand for Children Day 2002 festivities WHEN: Saturday, June 1st 2:45 p.m. WHERE: Garrett Tubman Riverfront Park Water St & Thorne St, Wilmington