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  • Jay-Day on the Strip promotes fire safety

  • Organizers are gearing up for the 8th annual Jay-Day, at the Bagnell Dam Strip.
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  • Organizers are gearing up for the 8th annual Jay-Day, at the Bagnell Dam Strip.
    Jay-Day is a not for profit organization that promotes fire safety and training in memory of School of the Osage Student, Jayden Ling.
    Jayden, along with her mother Robin and her other grandmother Bev, all lost their lives in a tragic house fire 7 and a half years ago.
    Jayden and Robin, both Lake area residents, lost their lives while running back into the burning house to save their mother/grandmother, Terri VanKlavern, also a Lake Ozark resident.
    Although the deadly fire was in Chicago, Ill. Jayden's seven best friends and her grandmother got together and "Jay-Day" was born. Always on 7-11, the opposite date of the fire (11-7), they hope to educate everyone about the importance of fire safety and provide training. Special emphasis is on what to do away from home in unfamiliar surroundings. Everyone is welcome to this free event.
    Jay-Day begins at Lake of the Ozark Fire Station at a.m. Then free lunch will be served with training, a smoke house tour and bouncy house. The group will continue on down the strip for games and a live DJ at the Lake Ozark Live stage and skee ball at the Dogpatch arcade. They will end the day with a ride on the Tom Sawyer boat, Jackie the Clown entertainment and a balloon release in front of Robin and Jayden's Lake house.
    For more information go to www.jayday7-11.org, www.facebook.com/Jayden711. For questions, contact Terri VanKlavern at 573-365-7187 or Destiny McMurray at 573-280-3520.
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