HARRISBURG – During a week when hundreds of thousands of people visited the 2010 Farm Show in Harrisburg, one visit was extra special for a young Philadelphia boy on Friday, Jan. 15.
“Val’s Kids,” a Harrisburg television program aimed at matching children with loving families hosted by ABC27 news anchor Valerie Pritchett, was able to bring one child to explore the many wonders the Farm Show has to offer.
Zamir, 13, became a ‘Farm Show Detective’ for a day and joined Pennsylvania Fair Queen Nicole Clemson to visit learning stations designed to let children investigate the world of agriculture.
Learning station highlights for Zamir included observing a beehive, meeting an alpaca, learning about horses, putting a stitch in the Farm Show quilt, petting a dog and seeing the newborn piglets.
Pritchett interviewed Zamir and asked the young man to talk about himself .
“I’m smart,” said Zamir, who enjoys learning at school, especially subjects like reading. He also enjoys sports and watching his favorite football team, the Philadelphia Eagles.
Pritchett works with Karen Knodel through an adoption program called the Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN), which is a collaborative effort among the Department of Public Welfare, the Pennsylvania Adoption Exchange, and both public and private adoption agencies.
In addition to featuring children waiting for adoption on both television and in newspapers, SWAN also hosts matching events, aimed to pair up children and their social workers with potential parents.
Val’s Kids has been airing since 2000, and Pritchett has taped segments featuring more than 230 children. Nearly half of those kids have been placed in homes. The segment is featured Sunday and Wednesday evenings on Harrisburg’s ABC27 news
Although the news program itself isn’t usually the only way parents are matched with children, both Pritchett and Knodel say it serves as a way to promote adoption and to get families thinking about it.
For more information about SWAN or adoption, visit www.adoptpakids.org or call 1-800-585-7926.
The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the
nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 285 commercial exhibitors. The show runs Jan. 9-16 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg. Admission is free and parking is $10. Visit www.farmshow.state.pa.us for details.
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