Written by: Christa Weddle, Account Executive
The Kittitas County Early Learning Coalition (KCELC), in partnership with Central Communication Agency (CCA), hosted the first Kittitas County Celebrate STEM 2015 from 4–7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26 at the Kittitas County Fairgrounds and Event Center. The science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) event was funded by a grant through Thrive by Five Washington and granted to focus on the education of young children and reach minorities throughout the community.
According to Thrive by Five Washington, less than 4 percent of public investment in education and child development occurs during the first three years — the time when children’s brains grow the quickest. With STEM community events like this one, The KCELC is investing in the education of young children throughout Kittitas County.
Celebrate STEM 2015 attracted over 300 people which set an attendance record for Kittitas County Early Learning Coalition events. Community members engaged in activities organized for children from birth to 5 years old and enjoyed making pizzas together and enjoying root beer floats provided by Winegar’s Homemade Ice Cream and Coffee. There were interactive STEM stations throughout the event center featuring games and activities ranging from building forts to playing with the popular wind machine.
Adrienne Zimny is the STEM grant coordinator who has been in charge of the series of STEM events throughout this past school year. Zimny has a passion for early childhood learning and said, “The Kittitas County Early Learning Coalition’s STEM events are a fun way for parents to teach and learn with their young children. Activities using science, technology, engineering, and math concepts support young children’s natural curiosity and encourage their life-long love of learning.”
This event provided an opportunity for Central Communication Agency to connect with Kittitas County community families and strengthen community relations. Members of Central Communication Agency volunteered at this event by helping and interacting with kids while playing games at each individual activity station. Megan Schmitt, a junior account executive from CCA who helped coordinate the event said, “Working with the KCELC at this event helped me appreciate and see all the benefits Central Communication Agency provides by working with the community.”
The Kittitas County Early Learning Coalition in conjunction with Central Communication Agency would like to thank all of the volunteers and students who helped make this event possible and successful with a special thank you to Kori Winegar, who provided a tasty treat by donating Winegar’s Ice Cream for root beer floats.