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PAO staff report
Children from throughout Fort Richardson gathered at Bldg. 337 for a Month of the Military Child carnival Saturday.
The event was sponsored by Child and Youth Services, Army Community Service and the Alaska Army National Guard. Featured activities included facepainting, seed planting, button making, card and frame decorating, activity stations, games, door prizes, military vehicle displays and child identification kits provided by the military police and Provost Marshall’s Office.
Family Child Care training and curriculum specialist Linda Wermers said about 200 children and their parents attended the event, which was offered to show the sponsors’ support of Soldiers and their families.
“If a Soldier’s family is taken care of and we provide activities and events for the child, then I think everyone’s happy,” Wermers said.
Clockwise: Maj. James Clay, C Company, 725th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, commander, gets in some quality bouncing time with his daughters, Catherine, 3, and Hannah, 4.
Family Child Care director Eva Perry helps preschooler Braxton Hayes, 5, plant pinto beans at one of the carnival's craft and activity stations.
Ursa Minor Elementary School students Hannah Smith, 8, and Cheri Williams, 9, play with goop at one of the carnival’s activity stations.
Ethan Conely, 11, is fingerprinted for a child indentification kit by military police officer Pvt. Matthew Gardner, 545th Military Police Company.
Ursa Major Elementary School student Joey Bechtol, 10, gets a dragon painted on his face by event volunteer Karalynn Austin, 10.
John Joseph, 6, gives McGruff the Crime Dog a high five.