Web Site and Complimentary Print Publications Honored with The Community “Best Friend of Student Parents” Award

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (April 2003) – AlbemarleKids, the fastest growing publishing company serving families and businesses in Charlottesville-Albemarle, today announced that their collection of AlbemarleKids publications have won the community advocacy award, Community “Best Friend of Student Parents” presented by the UVA Office of the Dean of Students and the advisory board for Students with Children. The Community “Best Friend of Student Parents” Award recognizes superb support to student parents in the local community.

?AlbemarleKids reaches local families in a number of ways, not expecting “one size to fit all” in terms of its medium: they produce seasonal directories, which can be found in handy bins all over Grounds and the Charlottesville/Albemarle region; they also send monthly email newsletters to a large list of subscribers; and their Web site is another way to get at valuable information about resources in our community. AlbemarleKids is as likely to inform you about a class or workshop, a local fair, lessons or sports for kids, or any of the widest imaginable array of things to do, places to go, and ways to solve family problems in this area. They collaborate regularly with UVa students and offices, and are deeply committed to promoting community service in our area. For their creative work and good will embodying the best in local business supportiveness to student parents, we are very pleased to recognize AlbemarleKids with the first-ever Community “Best Friend of Student Parents” Award! ?

Excerpt from presentation ceremony by Joy Tongsri, Student Coordinator and Undergraduate Intern for Students with Children

Started in 1998, AlbemarleKids is dedicated to being “The Ultimate Resource Making Parenting Easier & Growing Up Fun”. Their popular weekly web site now receives over a quarter of a million hits and provides over 18,000 visitors each month with extensive community resources. In addition to the web site, AlbemarleKids also publishes a monthly e-Newsletter and quarterly print publications, which include four Magazines and the annual Directory of Family Services. AlbemarleKids also has a “live” presence in our community that you discover when you look through their publications and see drawings and poetry from local kids, families creating art at AlbemarleKids Care Exhibits at festivals, area schoolchildren actively engaged in helping to create Bumble’s Clubhouse and more.

?Today?s parents are busy. AlbemarleKids works to make their lives easier by doing the research for them and putting the local resources they need at their fingertips?, said Robin Johnson Bethke Founder and Co-Publisher. ?We?re helping parents make time for the important stuff like fishing and finger paints,? she adds with a smile.

“By developing AlbemarleKids, we hoped to create a one-stop shop for parents to find great kid?s activities, parent groups, daytrip ideas, extensive guides to local businesses serving families and much more,” explained Jennifer Bryerton, Co-Publisher of AlbemarleKids. “This award is affirmation that we?re creating resources that really impact local families in a very positive way.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION about AlbemarleKids publications, please call (434)984-4713, or email us, or visit our virtual offices at The Office of the Dean of Students can be reached at