SE students, families take part in Bryan Co. Expo

By Lornna Bates, News editor

The Expo was both an entertainment and learning experience for participants.

Photo by Lornna Bates

The Fifth Annual Bryan County Family Expo was held Saturday, March 5 at the Visual and Performing Arts Center on campus.“The purpose of the Family Expo is to bring families together for a free fun-filled day, while being connected to various organizations relating to children,” said Stephanie Makke, event coordinator and SE coordinator for Childcare Resource and Referral, in a press release.

Many activities and treats were offered for children of all ages, including face painting, balloon animals, cotton candy, popcorn, hotdogs and various door prizes.

Some of the door prizes included bicycles, scooters and family entertainment game packs.

In addition to the door prizes, the families were each asked to complete and return a bingo sheet to the event coordinators after the family had visited various booths and collected enough stamps to enter the grand prize drawing. The grand prizewinner was then randomly selected from the returned bingo sheets and received a wagon full of family entertainment goodies.

Entertainment also was included at the Bryan Co. Expo, “including Tumbling by All American Gymnastics & Cheer and performances by Taloa Music Academy students,” said Makke.

Iris scanning was provided for the children by Clay-Rhynes Eye Clinic, a new and helpful identification tool for missing children.

The Spinal Clinic also offered free spinal check-ups, useful in showing if there are any abnormalities in the spinal curvature, for children present at the Expo.

Sponsors for the event included: PRC, Wal-Mart, McDonalds, First Texoma National Bank, Smart Start Durant, Southeastern Child Care Resource and Referral, OG&E and Clay-Rhynes Eye Clinic.

There were numerous SE students volunteering and also attending the event with their families.