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Ending the year on a bouncy note

Kash Merton stops to flash a smile as he made his way up an inflatable challenge at the Early Childhood Family Education Family Fun Night. (Contributed) 1 / 2
R.J. Reiffenberger makes progress on an inflatable incline at the Osakis ECFE Family Fun Night. (Contributed) 2 / 2

Kids climbed, bounced, slid and ate pizza at the Osakis Early Childhood Family Education's last Family Fun Night of the year at the Osakis Elementary gym last month.

Big Blast Inflatables from St. Cloud provided The Bouncy House, The Big Slide and Chaos.

ECFE leaders served Jimmy's Pizza from GasMart and Log Cabin Pizza as well. "They were yummy and well-received!" noted Jan Campbell, ECFE instructor.

The Head Start team provided juice and helped out with serving and sign-in.

"We had over 130 people at our final family fun event for the year," Campbell said. "A great way to wrap up the year!"

ECFE offers classes to children birth through age 5. Classes typically run from mid-September through the beginning of May. Three class choices are offered: Tuesdays from 9 to 11 a.m., Thursdays from 9 to 11 a.m. or Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Families can join anytime during the year for a one-time fee.

For more information, contact Jan Campbell at 320-859-2191 or or visit the school's website,

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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