Children throughout the Charlottesville area came together Sunday to learn ways to live a healthy, meaningful life.
The 2nd Annual "Getting Locked In" event - held at Charlottesville's CitySpace - was designed for children to focus on their character, making good choices and explore their own creativity.
Event organizer - educator, entertainer and motivator Alex-Zan - says that kids often have the perception that great and successful people live elsewhere, without realizing there are people like that right here at home.
"People constantly think that there's people they live in California, they're from Florida, they're from New York, that they're not from right here in Charlottesville and I've really compiled a list of people, great people, of all races right here in Charlottesville that are making an impact throughout the world," Zan said.
Zan brought a number of inspiring people from the Charlottesville area together for the event. From students in the National Honors Society, to a local inspirational dancer, the children were able to see that success and creativity lives in Charlottesville - not just New York and California.
For the for list of guest speakers and performers, read below.
Alex Zan Press Release
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA— "Getting Locked In" takes place Sunday, April 7, 2013 from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. at City Space (downtown mall). This positive, inspiring event for children youth and parents is designed to build character, focus on making good choices, and explore ones creativity. Coordinated by central Virginia educator, entertainer and motivator, Mr. Alex-Zan, the event is in its 2nd year and brings together a star- studded group from all walks of life. Highlights include:
National Honor students, Wynter Warren (CHS) and Mallorie Martin (Monticello High)
First Tech Challenge Robotics (Western Albemarle)
"Dunk the Junk" . . . Move To Health (addressing obesity) – Thomas Jefferson Health District
City of Promise Youth Council video
Packing for Success, Bree Key Project (Fluvanna High School)
Inspirational Dance by Nia Amazing Mime by KaShawn Anderson
Mr. Alex-Zan will share his "JT" character, "All People Matter" video and "The Test" success CD. Young aspiring artists will share their work along with local artist Frank Walker. Computer4Kids and the Music Resource Center will share their happenings. The event is free and all participants will receive Mr. Alex-Zan's Lifeline Tools. Sponsors are Dialogue on Race, Dr. Benegal Paige, Dave Chapman, J.F. Bell Funeral Home, and Reid's Supermarket.