By LINDSAY OLIVIER
NORTH KINGSTOWN - Saturday will mark the 12th anniversary of Spirit Day, a fun filled day celebrating the North Kingstown community.
All festivities will be held at North Kingstown High School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Spirit Day is a mix of community health-related, social, civic and business entities and entertainment. Admission is free, but attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the North Kingstown Food Pantry.
This year will feature Sparkyâs Puppets performing âThe Country Mouse and the City Mouseâ from Aesopâs fables in the cafeteria from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Kim Bent, of PBSâs Catch the Science Bug will entertain kids with her hands-on, interactive scientific demonstrations at the Environmental Fair.
Oreo, a friendly brown pony, will be giving rides outside, weather permitting.
Home Depot will have a large area to entertain kids with their Kidâs Workshop in Gym 1.
Ron Sargent, the Balloon Animal Man, will again be circulating, enchanting kids with his deft animal depictions.
The Greater Providence YMCA bounce house will be outside, weather permitting, and a concert by the Lafayette Band, dancing and karate will all take place in the school auditorium.
The following are a list of new exhibits for this yearâs Spirit Day: URIâs Graduate School of Oceanographyâs Narragansett Bay classroom; Greater Providence YMCAâs Healthy Places by Design; a Complete Streets exhibit; Planet Fitness; Caldwell & Johnson-green builders; Home Depotâs interactive Kidâs Workshop; General Dynamicâs Electric Boat; the URI contingent including the Master Gardnerâs, Master Composters and learning Landscape Association, South County Orthopedics, Coldwell Banker, the North Kingstown Community Chorus, Critter Hut, WellOne, a new Toyota from Tarbox Motors, plus Office Recycling Solutions-the first North Kingstown paper shredding opportunity in the school parking lot.
Among the returning exhibits are the South County Hospital Medical & Wellness Center; West Bay YMCA; N.K. Rotary Clubâs free bike raffle; Rhode Island Blood Centerâs mobile unit; Big Sisters, Big Brother of the Ocean State and the Wickford Sailing Associationâs boat display.
Attendees will also be able to vote for the winner of the âWe Are Proud of Youâ award, which is now in its fourth year. The nominees include: Friends of the North Kingstown Animal Shelter, Girl Scouts of N.K. and Jamestown, Home Depot, Horse Play, Little Dresses for Africa, Mandy Crow, N.K. Rotary Club, R.I. Blood Center, Slocum Grange and WellOne.
The winner will be presented a plaque by the North Kingstown Town Council later on in the year. Past winners include Bonnie Smith, director of the North Kingstown Food Pantry; Patrick Gannon who advocated eating cereal for dinner once a week and donating the money saved to the poor and Toray Plastics of America for its installation of 1,650 solar panels at its Quonset facility.