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Local children enjoy outdoor fun at Fort Valley State University

Published: 04/29/15 4:40PM
By: booner

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Sergeant Derrick Dunson of the Fort Valley Police Department talks to a group of children and their teacher during Kiddie Field Day at Fort Valley State University’s Agricultural Technology Conference Center on April 24.

More than 200 children from local child care and kindergarten centers participated in the 4th Annual 4-H Kiddie Field Day April 24, at FVSU’s Agricultural Technology Conference Center (ATCC).

From 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., children played on portable slides and toured FVSU’s farm on trolleys. They also received a first-hand look at a police car, fire truck and an ambulance furnished by the Fort Valley Police Department, Peach County Fire Department and Peach County Emergency Medical Service. Additionally, the children saw and touched live animals such as cows, sheep and chickens from FVSU’s Life on the Farm mobile display.

Daniel Dixon, a retiree who once worked at the ATCC, is the founder and coordinator of the event. Dixon said the main purpose of 4-H Kiddie Field Day is to give children a chance to enjoy outdoor physical activity. “I think our kids stay inside too much playing video games and watching TV [television],” Dixon said.

Marisol Perez, a lead teacher at Little People Pre-K in Fort Valley, said the children in her group enjoyed participating in a community activity, seeing the animals on display and the experience of attending Kiddie Field Day. She said she would highly recommend other child care or kindergarten centers to attend the event. “It’s a great way to be with the community and have a good family day like a picnic,” Perez said.

Some of the kindergarten and child care centers in attendance included Taylor County Head Start, Hunt Elementary Pre-K, Learning Tree Learning Center, First Step Learning Center, Little People Pre-K and FVSU’s Pre-K. 

For more information about the ATCC or to schedule an event, contact Ayanna McPhail at 478-827-3113 or mcphaila@fvsu.edu.