By Cristin Ross

Roman philosopher Marcus Tullius Cicero is thought to have said, “In nothing do men more nearly approach the gods than in giving health to men.”

The Rusk Kiwanis Club isn’t looking to approach “the gods,” but its members are bringing the opportunity to pass along good health to area children.

The “Karing for Kids Health Fair” will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday at the Rusk Civic Center, 555 Euclid St. in Rusk. Admission is free. Drawings will be held for tickets to ride the Texas State Railroad, tickets to the circus and coloring books.

“It’s really going to be quite an outing for folks,” said Judy Faye Garner, Kiwanis member and fair organizer.

The Rusk Kiwanis Club started thinking about holding a health fair last spring, but didn’t want to conflict with the health fair HOPE (Helping Others Pursue Enrichment) does in the summer.

“So we decided to do one at this time of year,” Garner said. “There can never be too many opportunities to promote good health to people.”

The fair will provide health and safety education for the parents of children ages 10 years and younger — how to get healthy, stay healthy and why safety is important to good health.

Entities that will have booths at the fair include the Rusk Rotary Club, the Rusk Fire Department, the Rusk Police Department, Rusk Primary, Elementary and Intermediate campuses, the Rusk Chamber of Commerce, the Rusk Lions Club, HOPE, WIC, the Crisis Center of Anderson and Cherokee Counties, Jerry Ocker DDS, Trinity Mother Frances Healthcare System and the Cherokee County Extension Office.

“We really want to thank the city of Rusk,” Garner said. “They’ve been very helpful in securing the Civic Center for us and getting it ready.”

Sponsors include Texas National Bank, Brookshire Brothers and Birmingham Golf Course.