Passersby walking along the West End's Thoreau Path Aug. 16 could not miss the 2,000 children and parents enjoying their Saturday afternoon at the third annual West End Children's Festival. A community collaboration involving the West End Civic Association, the Downtown North Association, City Councilor Michael Ross and West End residents, the annual summer tradition offers children, parents, grandparents, friends and neighbors activities, giveaways, entertainment, food and fun. A number of sponsors, including MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC), participated in the event, which supports childrenÕs programming in the area.
Those who visited the MGHfC booth had an opportunity to meet pediatric orthopædic surgeon Maurice Albright, MD, and orthopædic technicians Mark Parks and Rodney Hill. Parks and Hill demonstrated the importance of immobilizing broken bones by outfitting the young visitors with removable finger casts. Children also had the chance to learn about healthy eating by taking home brochures and participating in games that taught the benefits of eating fruits, vegetables and legumes. Kids were rewarded prizes, such as stickers, pencil cases and granola bars donated by MGH Nutrition and Food Services.
NO BONES ABOUT IT: The removable finger casts were a hit at the MGHfC table at the West End Children's Festival.