Wisner Market in Downtown Elmira celebrated the last “Kids Day” today, as summer vacation is coming to an end.
“I am going to be in kindergarten,” student KaylaJo Kaufman said. We asked KaylaJo if she was excited to start school and she said, “Yeah!”
While every Thursday at the market draws in large crowds, today’s crowd seemed to be filled with a lot more children. That’s because today was “Kids Day” at Wisner Market, a day full of kid friendly activities as a nice send off before the kids head back to the classrooms.
We asked students what are they most excited for, and some of their responses were:
“To see my friends,” student Cheryl Weber said.
“I’ll be learning division, and times, and they are going to teach me for third grade,” student Jordan Roseman said.
“In fourth grade, there is going to be a lot of new stuff that I haven’t been able to do yet,” student Archie Roseman said.
While some kids are excited to be back in the classroom, that might not be the case for others.
We asked Eytan Steimitz why he is looking forward to going back to school and he said, “So we can have recess.”
“Yeah, so so,” student Austin Kaufman said. “I am going to be in third grade.”
No matter the reason, today’s goal was to give children one last hurrah at Wisner Market before they head back to the classroom. Kids were able to join in on face painting, crafts, games, and even some Zumba.
“I love helping kids,” Ultimate Fit Chick fitness instructor Angelique Roseman said. “I didn’t have this opportunity when I was younger. These are my two young kids and they are like my backup crew. They go with me everywhere. I just want to inspire kids to dance, and to be free. It’s exercise in disguise.”
While today was about fun, another focus was pointed towards a message on anti-bullying, a problem many children face everyday in the classroom.
“I also want to get it out to the big kids to show them that we need to be a role model to the little ones,” Stand Alone Entertainment Lady Boss Christine Phillips said. “Bullying is a big thing around here. So, if the little kids see us big kids say that’s not right, maybe they’ll learn from us being a good influence on them.”
While today was the last “Kids Day” at Wisner Market, the market will still continue every Thursday for the rest of the month.