Youth Appreciation Day 2016
The fourth annual Youth Appreciation Day took place on Saturday, May 7th from 12:00 – 4:00 PM at Willow Park. Despite some rainy weather throughout the day, nearly 300 community members passed through to enjoy a day of live music and performances, free food and games and activities put on by 17 local businesses and organizations.
A recap of the day can be found in the Bennington Banner: “Fourth Annual Youth Appreciation Day a Success”
In 2013, a group of students from Bennington’s Career Development Center drafted H.C.R. 127, which was adopted by the VT House of Representatives and declares April 27th as Youth Appreciation Day. That same year, the Bennington Selectboard proclaimed the last Saturday in April as Youth Appreciation Day.
In 2016, Governor Shumlin signed a new proclamation declaring May as “Youth Appreciation Month” in Vermont. See the Bennington Banner article “Governor Shumlin proclaims May as Youth Appreciation Month”
Youth Appreciation Day is dedicated to celebrating youth of all ages. It is an annual event acknowledging the talents, actions, and contributions of youth and the value they add to our community. You can learn more about ACT’s involvement in this awesome event and movement here.
To find tools to create your own Youth Appreciation Day and Month celebrations including logos and sample proclamation language, click here.