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Osage Nation celebrates Week of the Young Child

Children were playing in bouncy houses, inspecting science experiments, getting their faces painted and enjoying all kinds of cool exhibits offered by the Osage Nation’s departments and entities April 24-28.

That’s because it was time for Week of the Young Child, the Osage Nation’s yearly celebration of children it hosts at the Osage County Fairgrounds in Pawhuska. Many Osage departments and programs participate in the week-long festivities, scheduled to bring focus to young children and families and early childhood development. The Week of the Young Child focuses on children ages two years to eight years old.

“The event has been positive, and I think they have all learned something and I have learned something too,” said John HorseChief, who works at the Wah-Zha-Zhi Cultural Center. He manned one of the booths at the event.

The Osage Nation Child Care staff along with the cultural center held events at all the WELA and Head Start programs in Osage County during the week. A Cultural Trunk was provided by the cultural center. The trunk had items related to the Osage Culture and gave the kids a hands-on experience. The trunks also include items featuring the Osage language.

“This has been an exciting event this year, it has been awesome so far. We have had 576 kids attend the event,” said Clair Wood, Child Care director. “Kids were learning how the Osage Nation is growing basil and learning about expressions and emotions by the Prevention Department’s booth, as well as other health-related booths.”

The community event was held April 25 at the Osage County Fairgrounds where the event had many booths demonstrating different Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) projects. Volunteers and Osage Nation employees passed out cotton candy, snacks, snow cones and bottled water for the children in attendance.

There were also carnival games and four inflatable jump houses. The Osage Nation Police Department participated, allowing children to examine a police car and sound the siren. The fire department allowed children to tour a fire truck and an ambulance. The Osage Nation Emergency Management staff brought their mascot, a fire dog named Sparky, who posed for photos with the children.

“The goo booth is my favorite, but it is all fun,” said seven-year-old first grader Karolina Cole. 


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Original Publish Date: 2017-05-08 00:00:00

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