LEWISBURG — The Miller Center for Recreation and Wellness is already looking forward to next year after hosting the third Special Needs Family Fun Day on Saturday.

The popular event saw 40 children enjoy the 100,000 square foot facility, Drew Kelly, director of sales, communications and marketing said.

"This is our third event and no two events are the same," he said. "Each is unique with a set of challenges for each kid. We make it fun, safe and enjoyable for families to come together and bond. Not every family has a safe play area in their back yard so this is a great way for families to come and enjoy and interact with each other." 

Bill Kieffer, of Lewisburg, came to the event with his son, Billy, 11, and said the two enjoyed the day.

"We loved it," Bill Kieffer said. "When he found out we were going to come that was all my son would talk about."

Scott Zimmerman, of Mifflinburg, attended the event with his daughter, Sadie.

"It's a great opportunity for students with unique needs," Zimmerman said. "She (Sadie) had a blast so far. She has difficulty dealing with people so it is great she gets to interact here."

Erin Demcher, a board-certified behavior analyst with her own company in Danville, said the event is for families to come out and enjoy themselves.

"I saw the need for community involvement and the Miller Center was more than happy to do this event with us," she said. "The big thing is the parents can come together and talk about their struggles and just start to work together. This is important for families to have a day to come and relax and they might find something they child likes that they never knew they liked."

Activities Saturday included games like bowling and soccer or playing with balloons and running under parachutes.

The event aimed to accommodate all people with special needs, from autism to physical disabilities, Demcher said. 

The free event was made possible by Miller Center employees, Geisinger ADMI providers, and specialists. It was sponsored by SPARK for Autism and Geisinger ADMI.

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