Genesee Valley hosting free back-to-school event Saturday

FLINT TWP. — Buying school supplies and clothes tops the to-do list at this time of year, but it is also an ideal time to think about child safety.

Genesee Valley Center will host a special Back to School Safety Day, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, August 29, at the Outdoor Village, facing Miller Road, behind Logan’s restaurant.

It will offer several free services and displays for local families, according to a press release.

The Michigan State Police and Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning will be at Genesee Valley Center to promote child passenger safety and the “Emergency Child and Parent Identification” program, including the distribution of free Car Seat Contact Stickers and free Car Seat Safety Checks.

Genesee Valley Center has also partnered with the Michigan Masons to provide free Child ID kits through the Michigan Child Identification Program. This comprehensive ID kit includes a dental impression kit, digital finger printing, a still photo and a short video interview with the child, all provided on CD free of charge. The Child ID Kit process takes approximately 10-15 minutes per child. All complimentary services will be provided on a first come; first served basis. Car Seat Safety Checks require the child and vehicle to be present.

In addition to free services, families can enjoy a complimentary photo booth, balloon twisting and emergency vehicle displays. CARS108 will broadcast live from 10 a.m. until noon and Barnes & Noble bookstore will host a free story time, outdoors, at 11 a.m.

Pepsi, a longtime sponsor of Genesee Valley Center, will provide complimentary “Fruit Shoot” beverages for children, while supplies last.

For more information visit or call 810-732-4000. — R.S.

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