Snow cones, cotton candy and walking tails were just some of the ways attendees enjoyed Georgia Piedmont Technical College’s Third Annual Family Fun and Food Fest on June 7 in Covington.
The college launched the walking trails on campus as part of its “Be Active” lifestyle campaign, a campus-wide initiative to promote health and wellness at the college and within the communities in which they serve.
“We look forward to hosting this event every year for the community and we hope to make it bigger and better every year. We love to bring together members of the community to learn more about our college and have fun,” said College President, Dr. Jabari Simama. “We plan to continue this health initiative and we hope that it will grow and positively impact our students, staff and members of the community as a whole.”
The festival serves as a fundraiser for the GPTC Foundation, which assists students in providing resources to support, improve, and promote technical and adult education programs and services for students in DeKalb, Rockdale, Newton, and Morgan counties.
“We are honored to have people from the community coming out to take advantage of what we are offering at this campus. This annual event has something for the entire family, it appeals to all ages and he love putting it on,” said Cynthia Edwards, vice president of Community Engagement and Public Affairs. “This year’s event is even more exciting because we are taking a special focus on health and wellness with our new walking trail.”
Rockdale Medical staff members were also on hand to give blood pressure checks, vital signs checks and cholesterol checks. Other activities included face painting, games, storytelling, inflatable bounce houses, live music from a DJ, a dog show and train rides. The college also showcased some of its degree programs and information from other government agencies in the state and Rockdale/Newton County area was made available.
“It’s really nice the college would do something like this, free, for anyone to come out and enjoy,” said Jabari Wonders of Covington. “I brought my kids out and we had a great time, summer heat and all.”
GPTC’s Newton Campus is located at 8100 Bob Williams Parkway, Covington. 770-786-9522.
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