|More than 400 adults and youth attended the annual Day
for Kids event at Fort McCoy Sept. 18, which featured Family,
educational, and fun activities.
Dr. Larry Scheckel, a retired
Tomah High School science teacher, presents an experiment during
the Fort McCoy Day for Kids event.
(Photo by Child, Youth and School
A number of special events attracted large crowds. About 100 people
attended a presentation by Mr. Science Dr. Larry Scheckel, a retired
science teacher from Tomah. The youth enjoyed learning about scientific
principles through exciting, hands-on experiments, said Cori Yahnke,
Child, Youth and School (CYS) Services School Age Services director.
CYS Services and Army Community Service co-sponsored the event.
“We also owe the success of the activity to the numerous teen and adult
volunteers,” Yahnke said.
Several installation organizations supported activities with booths,
such as the Directorate of Emergency Services Child ID booth.
The booth offered Families the opportunity to create a CD that included
photos, medical information, finger prints and a digital voice recording
of each of their children. The CDs were given to the Families to keep in
case of emergencies.
Youth also had hands-on fun at other informational booths, such as 4-H,
Family Focus, Geo Trivia, Mad Libs, Financial Readiness, Internet safety
and card-making for Soldiers, as well as Family and Morale, Welfare and
Recreation (MWR) activities.
Despite the cool weather, the Kid Again Inflatable Games were busy all
day. Youth had fun battling friends, parents, and their favorite CYS
Services staff members in the Joust and End Zone Obstacle Course.
Miss Anna provides musical
entertainment to youth attending the Fort McCoy Day for Kids
event. (Photo by Child, Youth
and School Services staff)
Other activities included music, Family fun photos, stories with
Mother Goose, and SKIESUnlimited demonstrations. The music was
provided by Miss Anna, who sang in all the rooms and also did a
sing-a-long at lunch, Yahnke said.
“The donated door prizes were all wonderful, and it was amazing to see
the excited looks on children’s faces when they came to claim a prize,”
Yahnke said. “Those happy smiles are what the day was all about.”
The event supported the Army Family Covenant by bringing youth and their
Family members together, and supported the Army Community Covenant by
bringing commercial businesses together to enjoy the event with members
of the Fort McCoy community, she said. Local sponsors included
EconoLodge, CDW-G, McDonald’s, Reinhart FoodService, Marcus Cinema,
Pizza Hut, River City Ready Mix and FritoLay. No federal endorsement is
Planning is under way for next year’s event. For more information about
CYS Services or Family and MWR activities/events, visit the Fort McCoy
Family and MWR website at
http://www.mccoymwr.com or call the Family and MWR Event Line at
608-388-7400 or 1-877-864-4969.
Those who attended who have comments or suggestions to share about the
2010 event can send an e-mail to
or use the ICE comments online.