By: Tina Ricketson
September 24, 2012
The Scioto Foundation will sponsor a UCAN Go to College Carnival from 5 – 7 p.m. on Monday, September 24 at the Earl Thomas Conley Park in West Portsmouth. Offering games, giveaways, prizes, a raffle and fun, the carnival is planned for children grades K – 3 and their parents, grandparents and guardians. Admission to the carnival is one non-perishable or canned food item.
Designed with a “learning stations” format, the program will feature entertaining, age-appropriate activities with a subtle focus on “going to college.” Children must be accompanied by an adult.
The UCAN College Carnival is part of the Scioto Foundation’s effort to create a “college-going community that embraces and accepts the need for post-secondary education,” said SF Executive Director Kim Cutlip. “It is important to begin early to get our young people excited about going to college.”
Activity stations will be based on themes such as college saving, career awareness, Shawnee State University and other nearby colleges, good citizens, reading and information for parents. Typical children’s games like musical chairs, Simon Says, a token hunt, bean bag toss, a ring toss, ducky pond, face painting and others will give youngsters opportunities to win prizes and have fun.
A raffle of ten $25 start-up fees for the Ohio Tuition Trust Authority college savings plans will take place throughout the event.
Additional information about the UCAN Go to College Carnival may be obtained by contacting the Scioto Foundation office at (740) 354-4612 or by visiting the Foundation’s website at www.sciotofoundation.org.