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McCoy Day for Kids attracts hundreds

Nearly 300 people enjoyed family fun at the third annual Fort McCoy Day for Kids event in September. This event, sponsored by Child, Youth & School Services and Army Community Service (ACS) at Fort McCoy provided activities of fun and learning.

Photo: Mother Goose (Julie Brooks) reads "The Ginger Bread Man" during Fort McCoy Day for Kids activities. (Photo by Becky Wapp Sawyer)
Mother Goose (Julie Brooks) reads "The Ginger Bread Man" during Fort McCoy Day for Kids activities. (Photo by Becky Wapp Sawyer)

Families had the opportunity to learn about the importance of laughter during presentations of "Making the Homefront Fun," facilitated by laughter coach Chip Lutz, and with song, balloon shapes and magic made possible by Mr. Steve, the Master Facilitator of Fun.

Another big draw was the seven challenges in the "Seven Habits of Highly Effective Families" area. Families were required to make their way from challenge-to-challenge using their skills of communication and co-operation. Upon completion of all seven challenges families received a trophy.

Fort McCoy police were on hand to fingerprint the children for their parents’ records, while children had fun interacting with the crime-fighting dogs McGruff and Scruffy, and Sparky, the fire dog.

Mother Goose delighted children, and parents alike, with her readings of time-tested favorites like "The Three Little Pigs," "Little Red Riding Hood," and more.

Safety checks were conducted for child-car seats.

Participants gladly gobbled up hot dogs during the free lunch.

Children learned the importance of never taking medicine or drugs from anyone but their parents or caretakers.

Photo: Mr. Steve, the Master Facilitator of Fun, encourages audience participation during Fort McCoy Day for Kids activities. (Photo by Becky Wapp Sawyer)
Mr. Steve, the Master Facilitator of Fun, encourages audience participation during Fort McCoy Day for Kids activities. (Photo by Becky Wapp Sawyer)

Children also wrote many thank-you letters to Soldiers, and families had fun playing a variety of geographical games — some of which showed where the Soldiers were serving.

Economic lessons also were presented. Children had the opportunity to double their "money" every 15 minutes for a possible earning of $102 in play money and get the opportunity to try for top prizes at the Day for Kids store.

Or they could spend the original money as soon as they received it on less-valuable items at the store, somewhat like spending the money on candy now, or saving it and having chances at more-valuable items later.

Many props were available at the family photo station, with the cheese hats being particularly popular.

Families also could participate in a variety of free Morale, Welfare and Recreation activities around the installation: swimming, mini golf, bowling and movie rental.

With another successful year behind them, plans already are in the works for the fourth annual Fort McCoy Day for Kids, which will be held in September 2009.

For more information, call ACS at (608) 388-3505.

(Story submitted by Army Community Service.)

 

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