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Day for Kids event held at McCoy Sept. 19

The fourth annual Fort McCoy Day for Kids sponsored by Child, Youth & School Services and Army Community Service was held Sept. 19 at Fort McCoy and provided fun and learning for more than 365 attendees.

Photo: Youth and parents attending the Day for Kids event at Fort McCoy check out some of the events. (Photo by Army Community Service Staff)
Youth and parents attending the Day for Kids event at Fort McCoy check out some of the events. (Photo by Army Community Service Staff)

Children and adults were entertained with song, balloon shapes and magic by Mr. Steve, The Master Facilitator of Fun.

Fort McCoy police were on hand to fingerprint the children for their parent’s records, car seats were checked for safety, children had fun interacting with the crime dogs McGruff and Scruffy, and Sparky, the fire dog, and sitting in a fire engine.

Families had a great experience working together to accomplish a common goal in the “Seven Habits Carnival Adventure” and hugs for Soldiers were created by cutting out hand tracings from children and adults.

The paper hands were attached together with string to be sent in thank-you cards to deployed Soldiers. Many props were available at the family photo station with the Merry Christmas from Wisconsin being particularly popular.

Photo: Youth enjoy the giant inflatable slide at the Fort McCoy Day for Kids event. The activity was one of the many chances to have fun. (Photo by Army Community Service Staff)
Youth enjoy the giant inflatable slide at the Fort McCoy Day for Kids event. The activity was one of the many chances to have fun. (Photo by Army Community Service Staff)

The vast resources of My Army OneSource were displayed, and Fort McCoy 4-H sponsored a magnet-making activity. McDonald’s set up a game for kids to play and provided Apple Dippers and orange drink for lunch.

Children also had the opportunity to win door prizes from local sponsors including Game Craze, Ho-Chunk Cinema, Mt. Olympus, Noah’s Ark, Children’s Museum of La Crosse, and Mathew’s Inc.

No federal endorsement is implied.

Mother Goose attended to read to children, and families worked together on “Mad Libs.” Each family attending received a book on teaching children to save and each child received a story book of their choice. Hot dogs were gobbled up, and saving banks were created.

Fun was had by all on the giant inflatable slide and in the inflatable obstacle courses.

Families created “Time Flies Clocks” to be reminded of the importance of family time, learned the value of Internet safety, had fun playing a variety of interactive geographical games and viewed Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention resources.

All in all it was a great Day for Kids at Fort McCoy. Plans are already in the works for the fifth annual Fort McCoy’s Day for Kids to be held in 2010.

(Story submitted by Army Community Service.)

 

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