National Turn off the TV Week is April 21 - 27, 2008 and it's not to late to become part of the movement. After all, as park and recreation agencies, you are the community alternative to mind-numbing screen time. If you are not familiar with the movement click here to learn more. Then get in touch with your neighboring schools and libraries to find out if they are "celebrating" this special week with events or activities. If so, find out how you can help or participate. Could you...
- provide programming, staff or volunteers?
- bring instructors who can set up mini-workshops or hands-on arts and crafts activities for children AND adults?
- Set up mini sports clinics?
- Simulate summer camp with songs, scavenger hunts and camp games?
- offer on-site registration for upcoming recreation programs?
Even if you or your community have no planned events for this year's "Turn off the TV Week" use it as an excuse to visit shools over the next month to talk about ways kids can have fun without turning on the computer or TV.
Don't forget to bring plenty of registration information for people who'd like to Power Down more than once a week by taking part in one of your programs, leagues or classes.
If your community seems to be unaware of the Turn off the TV Movement here are the dates for 2009 and 2010. Use the many resources on the organization's web site for upcoming years and you'll be able to position your agency as much more than fun and games -- you can be known as the solution for the problem of screen addiction. Now that's a turn on!
Dates For Upcoming Turnoff Weeks
2008 - April 21-27
2009 - April 20-26
2010 - April 19-25