Dara Zink: Outreach Advocate/Volunteer Coordinator

It may have been a dark and stormy morning this past Sunday but the Arlington Memorial High School gymnasium was bright and filled with sounds of laughter. Wunderle’s Big Top Adventure was going in full swing and children and adults of all ages were learning fun tricks so they could join the circus! Scarves and balls were being juggled, plates were being spun, and hula hoops were spinning! Once everyone tried their hand at these skills, they were treated to popcorn, animal crackers, a veggie tray and other healthy goodies. The fun concluded with a performance by Troy Wunderle, owner and founder of Wunderle’s Big Top Adventure.

Through the awarding of a RiseVT Amplify Grant, this event was free and open to the community and was hosted by Project Against Violent Encounters (PAVE) who saw this as a way for families to come together to enjoy a day learning new tricks and fun ways to stay healthy! PAVE chose to host Wunderle’s Big Top Adventure in the month of October to bring families together in a positive way during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence is not just between intimate partners but includes violence within the family has a huge impact on relationships within the entire household. By working to bring a fun family event to our community, PAVE is working to encourage healthy relationships within the family unit.

Ten families with children ranging in age from 2-16 came to enjoy the day and left with fun, RiseVT and PAVE jump ropes and hula hoops.