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UWKC to host first Family Fall Fest drive-through event Oct. 31

Posted at 10:22 PM, Oct 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-29 01:22:03-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — On Halloween Day, the United Way of Kern County will be holding its first Family Fall Fest by providing a drive-through event to distribute 1,000 bags with new age-appropriate books to children in the community.

All children are encouraged to come dressed in their favorite Halloween costumes. Music will be played throughout the event and prizes will be given out to the "Best Decorated Vehicles".

The event will be held at the United Way Parking lot located on 5405 Stockdale Highway from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or until they run out of supplies.

"When a child is given a brand-new book in their hands, it is an investment in their future. We know that if children have a love for books, it will lead to a love for reading, which will lead to greater academic success down the road", Rachel Hoetker, education manager at UWKC.

"Each year, we distribute over 15,000 new books to children through our education programs and special events. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to bring some normalcy to children and families by celebrating with a Fall Festival. Especially during COVID, we know that so many children are having to use digital learning platforms, so having a physical book in hand brings back some normalcy and much-needed literacy opportunities. And, why not celebrate with some candy, too!", Mari PerezDowling, president and CEO at UWKC.