SENCA youth event Thursday in Auburn

On Thursday, April 18, 275 area pre-school students and their families will join their teachers and school staff, Auburn and Falls City youth mentors, and SENCA employees for the 5th Annual SENCA Head Start Pre-School Track and Field Day event held at Auburn High School.

The event will take place from 9:30 a.m. until noon. The students will participate in 14 different track and field events, including: Tunnel crawl, over/ under hurdles, sack races, football throw, etc. Each activity is designed to enhance various motor skills. Among the many benefits are physical fitness, confidence and stronger self-esteem, more energy, better memory and simply a good feeling about themselves.

Children and their families learn the importance of healthy eating during the event. By choosing nutritious and tasty foods necessary for proper growth and development, kids maintain a healthy weight more so than kids who consume a diet full of empty calories found in foods that contain high amounts of sugar and fat. The benefits of healthy eating for children last a lifetime, because the effects on childhood health often translate to how healthy the person will be later in life.

Anita Kimpston, SENCA Health and Mental Health Coordinator, is the event planner and mentioned that this year a surprise “special guest” or two may be appearing at the event, weather permitting. In case of rain, the event will be held Thursday, April 25.

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