Children's Day highlights activities, issues facing Florida's youth

WCTV's Lanetra Bennett and Michael Hudak interact with kids at the State Capitol during...
WCTV's Lanetra Bennett and Michael Hudak interact with kids at the State Capitol during Children's Day 2020.(WCTV)
Published: Jan. 28, 2020 at 4:36 AM EST
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By: Lanetra Bennett | WCTV Eyewitness News

January 28, 2020

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- You couldn't help but feel the rhythm at the Florida Capitol on Tuesday: It was a day full of music and activities.

But, Children's Day is more than just fun and games.

Advocates don't skip a beat when it comes to fighting from children's issues; from showcasing fine arts and youth programs to education to health and nutrition, it all happened at the courtyard of the Florida Capitol, where legislators can easily see what's important.

Feeding Florida executive director Robin Safely brought awareness to childhood hunger.

"A child that is hungry can't learn," Safely said. "So it's imperative for all of us to make sure that children get the food they need. We also believe that the food that they get needs to be healthy.

There were Storybook Villages, consisting of over 40 interactive reading booths for children to explore.

Antoinette Christopher says she's been attending since she was four. She's now passing on what she's learned to her brother.

"I try to help him read and spell things out and be responsible," Christopher said. "Plus, this is fun."

Morgan Evers says third grade reading levels aren't where they should be in Florida and says tools should be provided to help them improve.

"We need these children to connect," she said. "Books are a way to connect with the world and just to really build confidence and caregivers in any way we can."

Five-year-old Sa'Niyah got a free book to take home. She had other things to tend to during the event.

"I've been playing games. There's cool dinosaurs out here," Sa'Niyah said. "I like them because they're kind of awesome."

Advocates say they hope lawmakers hear their message.

Children's Week brings thousands to the Capitol each year, providing a platform for advocates to push children’s issues to the center stage for lawmakers.

WCTV is a proud sponsor of the event.

A complete list of events that took place on Tuesday can be found


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