FLORENCE, S.C. – The Child Development Center at Woods Road invited children from local daycares and head start programs to decorate cookies and ornaments and watch a marionette show.
The Christmas event was a part of the Count 5 campaign, which is being hosted through Florence One Schools and The School Foundation.
“Since we were doing the Count 5 campaign, we really wanted to do a special event for kids," said Floyd Creech, the Florence One Schools readiness director. "This is the month on nutrition. So we thought cookies fit, and it is something you make together and do together."
Each child received a copy of “Hello, Big World!” Duke Energy provided the money for the books. “Hello, Big World!” focuses on the Five Golden Keys that are a part of the Count 5 campaign.
After decorating the ornaments, children hung the ornaments on the tree and decorated and ate their cookies. The Columbia Marionette Theatre performed a show about finding Santa.
Children from 10 daycares and head start programs attended the event, which was about 350 students, according to Susan Knight, who is the parent facilitator at the Child Development Center at Woods Road.
Creech said the children loved the event.
“All of the kids have said they loved it,” Creech said. “Everything we are doing with them is hands-on. They get to spread their own icing, they put on their own sprinkles, and they are decorating their own star. I hope the kids have a good time and they learn something.”
The Child Development Center also held a family event as a part of the Christmas event during the evening. From 5 to 7 p.m., Child Development Center students and their parents could attend the marionette show and decorate cookies and ornaments.
Knight said the center normally hosts one parent event each month to promote parent involvement in the children's lives.
Creech said the center held the event to reinforce the message of the Count 5 campaign: promoting good habits for children in Florence families.