Crookston families were given a great opportunity to celebrate during the recent Month of the Young Child activities.

    Crookston families were given a great opportunity to celebrate during the recent Month of the Young Child activities.  This 12th annual celebration was a time for KIDS InMotion.  Four exciting events were held during April and May, and all were well attended by the community. All 4 events provided opportunities for families to get out and move.  

    The first event was the KIDS InMotion Family Festival and was held at the Crookston High School gym.  Children and parents had fun at over 15 activity stations (ie.stunts, tumbling, zumba, basketball, parachute, crash mats, balancing, etc)  Use of the large gym for the second year was successful and good old fashioned fun. Healthy food and 20 health and information booths provided parents with helpful resources.   

    The 2nd event was the Fiesta in the Spirit of Cinco de Mayo at UMC. The Fiesta drew in large numbers of area families to experience numerous activities such as drum making, art demonstrations, variety show events, authentic food and dance. The UMC Fiesta Committee planned and worked hard to organize this great event.

    KIDS E-Motion became the theme at the library for the third event. Mime skits and songs, moving to music, Find the Face Game, and Draw Your Dreams provided children with many fun choices at this event.

The last event was postponed until May due to weather. When the KIDS InMotion at Castle Park finally took place, over 250 people came out to enjoy a beautiful evening of music, nature, food and mud pies. Tim Eggebraaten entertained the people for over 2 hours singing all kinds of music to please all ages.  Castle Park came to life and became a favorite spot for many that evening.

    The MOYC Collaborative hopes that families had fun during April and May and will continue to be InMotion this summer.

    A special thank you to the following people for their help and support:

    Girl Scout Troops  # 2023, 20538 and 20556 for helping at the Family Festival. They are hard working and dependable and always come with a smile!

    Retired PE teachers, Scott Kleven and Rodd Olson for supervising and teaching stunts and tumbling at the Festival.  
    Jodi Dragseth for teaching Zumba dancing to young and old at the Festival.

    Ann Riedlinger, Food Services for Crookston Schools, for her support and helpfulness in food selections.

    KROX and the Crookston Daily Times for their excellent coverage of all MOYC events.

    Crookston Library for welcoming families for a MOYC event every April.

    A special thank you to anyone who may have financially supported the Crookston Early Childhood Initiative.  The ECI funds the MOYC as well as many other early childhood projects. We could not provide these opportunities for families without their support.

Francine Olson

On behalf of  the MOYC Collaborative

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