2013-06-14 / Community

Local Students Enjoy Fun-filled Day At Rockaway Children’s Festival

By Katie McFadden


Ariel Creamer, pictured with her friends, helped organize the Rockaway Children’s Festival. Ariel Creamer, pictured with her friends, helped organize the Rockaway Children’s Festival. While many Sandy relief programs are focused on adults, local children had their own day to take their minds off of the recovery. The Rockaway Children’s Festival, which was organized by some of Sandy’s unsung heroes, provided a fun day for local students and their families.

Students from Scholars’ Academy and PS 114 were invited to the PS 114 school yard on Saturday, June 9th to enjoy numerous bouncy castles, a live DJ, games, art and food. Children from around the neighborhood could be seen riding slides, getting dunked in a tank, having their faces painted, eating cotton candy and painting their own Crocs as they smiled and forgot about Hurricane Sandy for a while. The rides and activities were provided by NY Kidstime and food was provided by local eateries and food trucks.

The festival was organized by 14- year-old Ariel Creamer, a local teen who started “Survivor’s Silver Lining,” a social media based effort in which Creamer helps replace the possessions of Sandy-affected kids and teens. Creamer was joined by Mandy Bickerstaff of UWSLoves, a group that provided hot meals to Sandy survivors and helped some rebuild their kitchens.

Creamer and Bickerstaff also received help from Do Your Part, a grassroots organization which assists in the first response, relief, and recovery of people and animals. Both Creamer and Bickerstaff were recognized by the White House for their efforts and received “Champions of Change” awards earlier this year. Creamer’s goal of the festival was for kids and their families to “have a fun day with no worries and to take a break from everything.” Bickerstaff was happy to help Creamer make the event possible. “It’s amazing to come together and help,” she said.


Mandy Bickerstaff and Ariel Creamer made the Rockaway Children’s Festival possible. Mandy Bickerstaff and Ariel Creamer made the Rockaway Children’s Festival possible. The event, which took several months to plan, was a success as more than 1,000 children and their families attended.




Christina, Brooke, Kayla and Juliana enjoyed cotton candy at the festival. Christina, Brooke, Kayla and Juliana enjoyed cotton candy at the festival.

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