City hosts Family Fun Day at Hilltop Early Learning Center

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Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
Although the Hilltop Early Learning Center may be months away from officially opening its doors, prospective students and their parents and guardians were able to get a sneak-peek of the facility and its amenities through a community outreach program that aimed to bring “fun for all.” On Oct. 29, dozens of families across the region visited the future pre-kindergarten learning center at 45 Clarendon Ave. to participate in the first annual Family Fun Day. Sponsored by the city of Columbus and its local early learning centers, attendees were able to walk through the educational rooms and put their creative skills to use through a variety of arts and crafts and activities. Shown here learning how to play the bucket drums in one of the building’s most unique spaces are siblings (from left) Future and Isaac Price. Teaching the class of early music learners was Scott Wedell, an instrumental music teacher at West High School. He said bucket drums are a great way to introduce children to music because of their simplistic nature. “You communicate with them on how to use the sticks on the buckets and then they just go for it,” he said.
Four-year-old Egypt Barker works on her artistic skills at a painting station.
Jocelyn Probasco, the director of development at the Columbus Early Learning Centers (pictured at the bottom), and Paula Neal, the Hilltop Partnership Director at the Columbus Early Learning Centers, have a bit of fun during the event. Neal said she cannot wait for this center to officially open early next year.
Mia Penn and her daughter, Violet take a closer look at encased insects.
Jane Leach, the CEO of Future Ready Columbus, settles in to read “Five Little Ducks” at the community outreach event.

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