Saturday’s inaugural We Are Milford Day to focus on community

MILFORD — Milford is about to show off its pride in a weekend of homecoming fun with the inaugural We Are Milford Day scheduled for Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

“This is a day to celebrate being part of the Milford community. We will kick off the day with a 5k run and then start activities at 10 a.m. We have a lot to celebrate as being part of the Milford community and we wanted to make a day that we could all be together and have fun,” Dr. Jason Peel said.

Superintendent Dr. Kevin Dickerson added, “We Are Milford Day is a celebration of the Milford School District-Community including our students, families, staff and community members. This event embraces the pride we feel to serve our wonderful district-community. We value our relationships and partnerships with our community which benefit our students each day. We are especially excited for this event as it highlights the collaboration of our community partners, families, students, and staff members who will come together to enjoy a day of celebration and unity.”

Attendees will find a free hot dog lunch and popcorn to help enjoy the day, or they can purchase chicken platters on site at Milford Central Academy.

Local cheerleaders and the Milford Community Band will perform while the community browses the festivities.

“This event will offer activities for students, families and community members throughout the day starting with a 5k run at 9 a.m. We are grateful for the involvement and sponsorships we have received from organizations and businesses throughout our district-community,” Dr. Dickerson said. “Our community’s involvement and support has been integral to the educational services we provide our students, as well as the success of our students and schools. We wanted to bring everyone together to celebrate this success and the pride we have for our district-community.”

A bouncy house and other games and activities will offer fun for the youngest of attendees while parents and older students can visit with local non-profits like the Boys and Girls Club or Kick Butts Generations to learn more about their programs.

The Food Bank of Delaware, Wellness Center, FFA and others will also have educational displays like a planetarium or animal display available for all to explore.

To top off the day, Milford Central Academy’s book drive will be held in hopes of collecting enough books to give each child in the district one for the holidays.

“We have been thinking about a celebration of this type for the past couple of years and thought that this year was a perfect time to get it started. We wanted it to be part of the Homecoming weekend as this is the time that we reflect on Milford and how great it is as a home for all of us,” Dr. Peel said.

School board member Rony Baltazar-Lopez said being involved as a community is vital to the hometown atmosphere Milfordians enjoy.

“Being involved in community events like the We Are Milford Day brings a sense of pride of being part of this incredible small town. Through such community events residents can also become aware of the resources that are their disposal. But it’s particularly important to get involved for our younger generation because the spirit and enthusiasm that they bring is what brings us together as a community,” he said. “And these events create memories for generations to come.”

Dr. Dickerson said he is excited for the new event, and expects a good turn out on Homecoming weekend.

“The We Are Milford Day planning committee felt Homecoming Weekend was the optimal time to celebrate our students, families and district-community. We have a long-tradition of well attended Homecoming activities and the celebration fits in nicely with those events. Also, we are fortunate for the great involvement of our alumni during Homecoming events and we wish to welcome them to our We Are Milford Day as well,” he said. “We are very proud of the students, families and communities we serve as well as our exceptional staff who educate and work with our students. The Milford School District is grateful and fortunate to represent a great district-community. We look forward to a great day.”

More information can be found online at milfordschooldistrict.org.

Reach staff writer Jennifer Antonik at jantonik@newszap.com

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