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October 14, 2011

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Hundreds attend, enjoy fun-filled day at annual Day for Kids event held Sept. 17

Almost 400 adults and youth enjoyed visiting the booths, viewing exhibits, and playing games during Fort McCoy’s annual Day for Kids event Sept 17.
PHOTO: David Stokes, a naturalist, humorist and educator, shows a turtle to an audience at the Day for Kids event. Photo by Army Community Service
David Stokes, a naturalist, humorist and educator, shows a turtle to an attentive audience during Fort McCoy’s Annual Day for Kids event. (Photo by Army Community Service)

The event, designed to deliver fun and educational activities, is made possible by the partnerships between Child, Youth and School (CYS) Services, Army Community Service (ACS) and the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) program, said Cori Yahnke, Fort McCoy CYS Services Boys & Girls Club and School Age and Youth Center director.

“There also were many volunteers working in the booths that day,” Yahnke said. “It is great to see different organizations come together to provide a successful event such as the Day for Kids. This is an excellent example of the Army Family Covenant in practice.”

Among the highlights of this year’s event was a visit and presentation by David Stokes, a naturalist, humorist and educator. Stokes led a hands-on presentation featuring live turtles, frogs and snakes.

Children and adults alike enjoyed handling animals and learning about their habitats and life cycles, Yahnke said.

“This type of learning is what CYS Services aims to achieve in its daily programming,” she said. “The youth are having so much fun that they don’t even know they are learning — that is the goal in our Boys & Girls and 4-H Clubs every day.”
PHOTO: Guests at the Day for Kids event make cards for servicemembers. Photo by Army Community Service
Guests at the Day for Kids event make cards for servicemembers. (Photo by Army Community Service)

The hard work of many people and organizations made it a successful day, Yahnke said.

ACS-sponsored booths featured cards for Soldiers, financial information, Internet safety, Family Focus and balloon animals.

CYS Services offered Family photos, face painting, and Minute-to-Win Carnival Game booths.

The 4-H Military Partnership and Operation Military Kids sponsored crafts.

The Directorate of Emergency Services Police Department conducted child car seat safety checks and children’s identification, as well as introduced its mountain bike unit to the Fort McCoy community.

Door prizes, a complimentary lunch, and KidAgain inflatables rounded out the day’s activities.

“This was a good example of working together with the local communities to uphold the ideals of the Army Community Covenant, as well,” Yahnke said.

“A lot of people were involved in the planning and execution of this event. Seeing the smiles on the faces of children as they play and learn makes this event worth it every year,” she said.”

Plans already are under way to hold a Day for Kids event in September 2012.

For more information about CYS Services or Family and MWR activities/events, visit the Fort McCoy Family and MWR website at www.mccoymwr.com or call the Family and MWR Event Line at 608-388-7400 or 1-877-864-4969.

Those attending the Day for Kids event who have comments or suggestions to share about the event can send an e-mail to corissa.j.yahnke.naf@mail.mil or use the ICE comments online.

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