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Children are focus of observance
Savannah Technical College Liberty Campus’ Day of the Child gave the Hinesville Police Department an opportunity to fingerprint more than 200 children in an effort to enhance their safety. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon


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The Liberty campus of Savannah Technical College hosted the Celebration of the Young Child recently to coincide with the national Month of the Young Child that’s observed each April.
Hundreds of parents and children attended the free event, taking part in several activities, visiting booths and listening to storytelling.
This was Savannah Tech’s second year to host the event for children, birth to 8 years.
More than 30 booths featured activities such as crafts, a moon jump and physical challenge courses. Each booth was based on a theme from a popular children’s book.
At the “Robin Hood” booth, children targeted large, paint-filled balloons that tested their aim with darts. While the “Warthogs in the Kitchen” booth allowed visitors to customize bags of trail mix.
Also, proceeds from a dunking booth, totaling $193, will benefit the Relay for Life.
“This year’s event was twice as good as last year and we hope next year will be even better,” Tania Henson, event organizer and early childhood education department head, said. “Even with all of the huge moon jump displays, the parent and child favorites were the hands on, craft activities like the soda bottle maracas.”
Local groups in attendance included Hinesville Police Department that provided child fingerprint kits and the fire department that allowed children to explore a fire engine.
Robbins Packing Co. of Statesboro donated hot dogs and Little Caesar’s of Hinesville donated pizza.
Other sponsors included Wal-Mart and Kindas Amusement Source that provided all of the inflatable activities.
Savannah Tech extended a special thanks to the students in their early childhood department who were instrumental in the planning and carrying out of the event. Youth Challenge cadets were also credited for providing volunteer support.
The celebration is organized each year by the Early Childhood Care & Education department of STC.
Henson and her students are responsible for most of the planning and fundraising.
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