First 5 Kern recently hosted their 25th Anniversary celebration, and announced the awarding of $60,975 in mini-grants to recipients from around the entire county.
The event, held Thursday evening at the Bakersfield Museum of Art, welcomed nearly 100 guests, including local and statewide elected representatives, and many of the awardees for the recent Early Childhood Education Mini-Grants. First 5 Kern received several proclamations recognizing a quarter of a century of supporting children and families. Guest speakers were welcomed, including a pair of mini-grant awardees.
First 5 Kern awarded 26 grants through this opportunity, spanning the width of the county, with 12 different communities represented among the winners.
Another feature of the event was an art project for over a dozen children in attendance, who created pieces which will soon decorate the First 5 Kern office.