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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Letter to the Editor: ‘Celebrate the Young Child’ a big success

  • Once again, Crookston families were invited to “Celebrate the Young Child” at 3 exciting events. The CYC collaboration agreed that the events should be spread out this year and not scheduled all in one month. (April) Families agreed and enjoyed attending these family events in March, April and May. This 13th annual celebration was a time for families to “Spring into Action.”
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  •     Once again, Crookston families were invited to “Celebrate the Young Child” at 3 exciting events. The CYC collaboration agreed that the events should be spread out this year and not scheduled all in one month. (April) Families agreed and enjoyed attending these family events in March, April and May. This 13th annual celebration was a time for families to “Spring into Action.”    
        The first CYC event was the “Spring into Action Family Festival” and was held at the Crookston High School gym in March.  Children and parents had fun at over 15 activity stations (i.e. stunts, tumbling, dancing, basketball, obstacle course, parachute, crash mats, etc.) The featured activity this year was the Red River Valley Gymnastics group that brought tumbling apparatus for children of all ages to enjoy. Healthy food and 20 health and information booths provided parents with helpful resources. Approximately 350 people attended this event.  
        The 2nd event in April was “Rescue Heroes Spring into Action at the Library.” Local rescue heroes were on hand for children to visit with and see their vehicles and equipment.. Thanks to the  Crookston Fire Dept, Police Dept, Ambulance Service, Mounted Posse, and RiverView staff Dr. Balaraman and his nurse Judy for their participation.  Action inside the library included springy crafts and balloon games. Aproximately 200 were in attendance at the library.    
        “The Teddy Bear Band Springs into Action at Castle Park” brought in close to 400 people to enjoy a beautiful evening of music, dancing,  natural play space and a picnic. Castle Park became a favorite place for many that evening.  Seeing families gathered there having so much fun together left one feeling very blessed to have such a beautiful place.    
        The Celebrate the Young Child Collaborative hopes that families had fun at these events and will continue to support us as we look forward to celebrating in 2015!   
        A special thank you to the following: Crookston Hugos for providing the picnic lunches at Castle Park; RiverView Health and the Early Childhood Initiative for sponsoring the Teddy Bear Band; RiverView Health for providing trail mix at Castle Park; Jodi Dragseth for her energetic dance leadership at the Family Festival; Leah Winjum for her creative obstacle course at the Family Festival; Jeremy Lubinski for working the jump rope station at the Family Festival ; Anna Ogaard, Food Services Crookston School, for helping in food selection; Crookston School custodial staff for the extra work and help at these events; Anyone who may have volunteered at the events from UMC, Leo Club, CHS and the Girl Scouts; Retired PE teachers Scott Kleven, Rodd Olson and Linda Knutson for working the Family Festival; KROX and Crookston Daily Times for their extensive coverage of the events.
    Page 2 of 2 -     A big thank you to anyone who may have financially supported  the Crookston Early Childhood Initiative.  Funding for CYC events comes from the ECI, and we could not provide these opportunities for families without them.  
    Francine Olson
    On behalf of the CYC Collaborative, Child Care Aware (CCA), Crookston Alliance for Literacy and Learning (C.A.L.L.), Crookston Early Childhood Initiative (ECI), Crookston Head Start, Crookston Public Library, Crookston Public Schools, Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE), Polk County Public Health, RiverView Health, Sunrise Center, UMC, and WIC

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