Children explore arts and sciences
Those were only a couple of the activities for the approximately 220 children who attended the free hands-on event at Franklin Elementary School.
“Wow, you could feel their excitement, seeing the children’s faces light up as they worked on activities they didn’t think they would be able to do,” said Gladys Lozano, CCCC program supervisor who helped organize the event. “We got them involved in graphic printing, sand art, origami, color charcoal, sponge painting and wet clay. They had a chance to make pinwheels, pinatas, hats, adobe bricks and newspaper architecture. Before the morning ended, they experienced Greek and Mexican folk dancing, a wind station with windmills, percussion instruments, CALM’s Birds of Prey and the science of making giant bubbles.”
Lozano said event co-organizer Julie Rubin played a big role in its success. She also credited State Farm Insurance.
“Like a good neighbor, they were there with 50-60 volunteers and two presenters,” Lozano said. “CCCC’s AmeriCorps ACT also provided volunteers and presenters.”
Apparently, it wasn’t just the children who enjoyed the event. Evaluation forms were passed out to presenters who credited the success to good organization.
Typical of the presenter comments was this one from Delano Union School District instructional aide Wendy Hernandez, “ I had fun, and I bet the kids did, too. Keep up the good work.”