Fort McCoy News September 27, 2013

Day for Kids event thrives with new location, events

A new location and several new activities led to a big crowd at the annual Fort McCoy Day for Kids event.

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Sgt. Alex Rivera-Torres of the Fort McCoy Police Department observes as a
youth navigates a safety course at the Day for Kids event.
Photo by Chase Laffea

The Family friendly event was held Sept. 14 in the South Post Military Family Housing Area for the first time. The venue change attracted a crowd of 352 youth and adults.

"Moving the event outdoors created an excellent opportunity to add some active fitness components to the day," said Cori Yahnke, Fort McCoy School Age/Youth Center director.

Tennis matches were held on the tennis courts. Yahnke said many youth and parents enjoyed this event.

The Child, Youth and School Services School Age Center is considering starting a U.S. Tennis Association tennis club as part of the After-School Program.

Fort McCoy's Police Department held a bicycle rodeo, which taught participants safe riding techniques, and a child ID booth.

Maj. Chuepheng Lo, Fort McCoy Police Department operations officer, said the rodeo was well received, and plans are to offer it at next year's Day for Kids event.

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Youth take off in the Kids Fun Run that began the Day for Kids event at Fort McCoy.
A total of 32 youth participated in the run.
Contributed photo

After the bicycle rodeo, many youth enjoyed riding their bikes around the path at Patriot Park, Yahnke said.

The second annual Kids Fun Run attracted 32 participants in the various age groups.

"The kids cheered for each other, and this was a great way to kick off the Day for Kids events," Yahnke said.

Returning favorites, including inflatable games, informational booths, door prizes and a free lunch, brought many people together for a pleasurable day, she said.

The Army Community Service resiliency booth attracted many patrons.

At this booth, Families worked together to create a craft project celebrating the things they appreciate about each other, Yahnke said.

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Tennis, a new activity at Fort McCoy's Day for Kids event, attracted a
number of eager competitors.
Contributed photo