This year the theme for the Celebrate the Young Child events was “Super Heroes in Action”.

    This year the theme for the Celebrate the Young Child events was “Super Heroes in Action”.  This is the 16th annual celebration of young children in Crookston!   What a great opportunity for Crookston families to attend 3 events and have a great time together as families and friends.  The 3 events this year were: in September – “Golden Eagle and Crookston Pirate Heroes in Action” at Wildwood Park, in  February – “Community Heroes in Action” at the library and in April – “Super Heroes in Action Family Festival” at the high school.  All 3 events had great attendance and provided many activities for all.  

    The April Family Festival event held at CHS was attended by over 400 people.  “Super Heroes” seem to be very popular these days for all ages.  FIVE SUPER HEROES attended the Festival:  Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Spiderman and Capt. America.  Photo ops with these heroes provided a rare opportunity for the kids in attendance.  Thanks to RiverView Health’s generosity, a Super Hero Jumpy House was rented for this event.  That, as well as 14 developmentally appropriate games/activities for children, provided plenty of choices for all.   The 14 health/informational booths also had interactive games for the children and their parents. A healthy free meal for families was also provided.

    The Celebrate the Young Child Collaborative wants to thank the Crookston community for their enthusiasm in the support of these family events. The Early Childhood Initiative continues to provide funding for the Celebrate the Young Child events.  Your financial support of the ECI is appreciated.

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

    KROX and the Crookston Daily Times for their extensive coverage of our events                                                                                                  

    T.H.E. Bus for providing free transportation to these events.

    The Crookston school custodians for their extra help in setting up for the Festival.
 Anna Ogaard-Brekken, Crookston Schools Food Services director, for her knowledge of nutrition and appropriate food choices and her help in selecting food for the Festival.                                                                                                                                                                

     The volunteers from Leo Club, the Builder’s Club, UMC students and Crookston Youth Basketball players for their enthusiasm and help at the Festival                                                                                                                 

    Sunopta for donating sunflower seeds to the Festival.

    Hugos and Walmart for donating Super Hero fruit snacks for the Festival                                                                                                                             

    The Early Chlldhood Initiative for their continued financial support of these events.

    And a SPECIAL THANK YOU to our Super Heroes:  Travis Oliver, Ann Longtin, Austin Sommerfeld, Ben Dorman and Easton Meyer.

Francine Olson
On behalf of the CYC Collaboration
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 (PCPH) RiverView Health (RHA) Sunrise Center,  UMC