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LOWVILLE — The second annual Walk for Children will feature a new venue and more activities.

The event, intended to promote awareness of children’s issues, will begin at 5 p.m. today at the Lewis County Fairgrounds.

This year’s theme is “What do children need?”

“Everybody is different,” said Cathie J. Wooledge, parent educator at the Northern Regional Center for Independent Living, which is sponsoring the walk. “They have their own unique needs.”

Attendees may participate in a short walk around the track or a longer one along village streets.

People are encouraged to attend and walk together as part of family groups or other teams.

The event also will include some performances and other entertainment until 7:30 p.m., including dancing, an illusionist and a K-9 demonstration.

Several organizations will have booths with children’s activities, and artwork by local children expressing their needs will be on display.

Food will be available for purchase.

However, the event is not intended as a fundraiser, and there is no cost to participate.

Last August, NRCIL held its inaugural walk on a Saturday morning outside the NRCIL office on North State Street, with the primary focus being to raise awareness of children with special needs.

The idea stemmed from “Unique Parent, Unique Child,” an NRCIL-based support group here for parents of children with autism spectrum disorders or other special needs.

This year, organizers decided to hold the event during the school year, change the venue, add more activities and broaden the focus in hopes of expanding participation and turnout.

For more information on the walk, call the NRCIL office at 376-8696.

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