Family Fun Night is ‘West Bloomfield Strong’

By: Cari DeLamielleure-Scott | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published September 9, 2015


WEST BLOOMFIELD  — The West Bloomfield School District will honor U.S. military, police and fire heroes at the fifth annual Family Fun Night at 5 p.m. Sept. 11 at West Bloomfield High School.

Following the event, West Bloomfield families are invited to show their Laker pride and cheer on the football team at a 7 p.m. game against Clarkston High School.

Sheryl Bienstock, who is on the board of directors for the West Bloomfield Education Foundation, said the event is a great opportunity for families to engage with each other and meet different members of the community.

“It’s turned into a wonderful West Bloomfield tradition, and many families — I think last year there was over 500 people — they come … together for an amazing cause, which is saluting our troops and the police and the Fire Department,” Bienstock said.

A few years ago, Family Fun Night’s theme was changed to “West Bloomfield Strong,” and Bienstock said the theme shows just how strong the West Bloomfield community is — in and out of the school district.

Activities include inflatables, photo booths, face painting, tattoos and giveaways. Members of the military — except for the U.S. Navy — will engage with kids and participate in a variety of contests, including crowd favorites like the pullup and pushup contests. Instead of a disc jockey, organizers have scheduled a live band to perform during the Family Fun Night, which they have not done in the past. Police, fire and military vehicles will also be on display.

West Bloomfield High School Principal Pat Watson said the U.S. Army is bringing a secret national asset that people ages 5-20 will enjoy.

“It’s an amazing event, and it’s a great way to thank our men and women in uniform for all the things they do,” Watson said. “It’s a great opportunity for (kids) to see the high school.”

In honor of those who died during the 9/11 attacks, a piece of the World Trade Center will be displayed during the salute to the troops and service members at 6:30 p.m.

The West Bloomfield Fire Department will set up fire apparatuses for kids to explore, and the honor guard, along with the West Bloomfield Police Department’s honor guard, will present the flags during the football game’s opening ceremony.

“We’re definitely proud to be a part of the Family Fun Night and very grateful to West Bloomfield Schools for recognizing all of the public servants and military that are out there every day keeping us safe,” Fire Chief Greg Flynn said.

Local optimist clubs, PTOs, schools and the West Bloomfield Township Public Library will have tables set up to provide information about their organizations.

Police Chief Michael Patton said it’s a pleasure to be honored by the high school and the greater West Bloomfield community.

“It’s a very nice event every year. We encourage people to show up and say hi to their police and firefighter members, and members of the military. We’re sure it’ll be a great game to watch too,” Patton said.

Any student who wears West Bloomfield spirit wear will receive free admission to the football game. The game costs $5 per person. Concessions will be on sale during both the Family Fun Night and the football game. The Family Fun Night will run rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, activities will be moved indoors. 

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