Valentine’s party builds community in Waverly

June 19th, 2015 9:21 am

First Posted: 2/10/2014

Community group, The Comm, organized an annual Valentine’s Day event at the Waverly Community House on Sat. Feb. 8.

For a family donation of $5, children were able to have fun and be creative while getting in touch with the community they live in.

Kids generally started at a table to create their own Valentine’s Day bag for storing prizes and crafts from the following stations, then they were free to wander to the various tables and embrace the different events that were going on. A variety of games such as fishing for hearts game, ring toss, basketball and bingo were offered.

Other tables offered children a chance to make bracelets, create personal Valentine cards, and decorate cookies. There were snacks and refreshments available as well.

“They’re having a great time,” said Liz Devine, a parent at the event. “It’s a great opportunity to get them involved.”

One of her daughters, Grace Devine, who was holding a bag she made, excitedly nodded in agreement when asked if she was having fun.

“The mission of The Comm is really to build community,” 12-year volunteer, now worker for The Comm, Melinda Ames, said. “This has been going on for generations, because a lot of our volunteers used to bring their children here, and those children are teenagers now, volunteering themselves to remain a part of it and help make the event enjoyable for the younger generation.

“That is how I got involved, I used to bring my daughter here,” she said.

Youth Activities Chairperson, Adriane Heine is serving her second year on the board for The Comm and she too got involved by bringing her children to the events.

“It’s fun to be a part of the community,” Heine said. “It makes my kids feel important to the community, too.”

According to Heine, the Valentine’s Day event was the most recent event that stuck and began approximately seven years ago.

Upcoming events offered by The Comm include the Bunny Breakfast and Egg Hunt for Easter on April 12, with advanced ticket sales only. Tickets will be on sale beginning Feb. 24 at The Comm office.