EATON — The first Preble County Science Night was organized by ECCC, which is a collaborative of all early childhood education outlets in Preble County (including Head Start), and held at Fort St. Clair on Thursday, April 27.
The activity was free for any family which is a part of any early childhood program in Preble County. The event included science activities to engage the children in educational fun.
Also during the event, Fitzwater Lawn Care donated a tree for the kids to plant in the park in honor of Arbor Day.
Science Night was a collaboration between Head Start and ESC classrooms. There were activities set up for kids to do with their parents. This event was meant to encourage families to get outside, with events such as nature walks. There were rockets set up, a sink and float station, a color mixing station, a scavenger hunt, and other activities as well.
Organizer and Preble County Head Start Site Manager Chrisi Reveal said that the event was only possible through donations. She added that Head Start donated food and the ESC brought chips, water, and cookies.
One major donation was from Fitzwater Lawn Care, who donated a tree for the kids in early childhood to plant.
Fitzwater Lawn Care had the kids plant a Sunset Maple tree in celebration of Arbor Day. Fitzwater owner David Furlong said every year they plant a couple trees in the community. They like to involve kids in the planting as well. They also donate tree books to the kids, so they can read about the tree they helped plant.
Furlong said, “We’re one of the only businesses that gets a holiday for their business. That’s why we do it.”
He said the tree will get 45 feet tall in its lifetime and will live to be at least 150 years old.
As for why hold a Science Night in the county, Reveal said, “We’ve had literacy and math nights in the past, and we did an art night in the fall, so science is another one of those things that’s a part of our curriculum. We thought, how better to get parents to see that science can be fun and easy, than to invite them and do it with them.”
She added, all of the nights have parents’ involvement and the education piece paired together. They are always free and always the entire county is invited. The only different between the science night and the other nights is the activities that were offered.
Reveal believes the merit in an event like this lies in “getting the community into the community.”
“It is getting the community out to see what a wonderful park that we have in Eaton,” she said. “It gets everybody together working towards the same goal. I mean, this is a beautiful park and maybe people don’t even know about it. It also gets parents doing science with their kids, so they know that even if there’s not a science night when they’re at home, they can do science with their kids pretty easy.”
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