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      Kirksville is celebrating young children this week

      The Kirksville Child Development Center and Kirksville Parks and Recreation Department are collaborating this week for The Week of the Young Child.

      Young children in Kirksville will get to explore various types of trucks and equipment later this week.

      It's all part of the city's "Touch Our Trucks" event.

      The hands-on learning experience will take place at the Aquatic Center parking lot from 6 to 8 p.m. this Friday.

      Children are also invited to leave their handprint on the blade of a snow plow.

      "We're hoping to draw attention to early childhood education and remind families how important it is to support your kids as well as your teachers," said Recreation Specialist Robin Harden.

      This is all part of celebrating The Week of the Young Child April 21-25.

      The Kirksville Child Development Center and Kirksville Parks and Recreation Department are collaborating for this. Both Kirksville organizations are planning activities for each day of the week that will be free to the public and targeted towards preschoolers and young children. On Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., a free kid's concert will take place at the Ray Klinginsmith Amphitheatre in Rotary Park. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held at Faith Lutheran Church. A Storybook Trail will be set up on the hike/bike trail between the Kirksville High School and Primary School. The trail will be available starting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday.

      Thursday is Park Scavenger Hunt Day. Scavenger hunts may be printed off the City's Website www.kirksvillecity.com.

      Finally, on Friday night starting at 6, a family fun night and dance will be held at the Ray Klinginsmith Amphitheatre in Rotary Park.

      For more information on the week's activities visit www.kirsvillecity.com or call the Kirksville Parks and Recreation Department at (660) 627-1485.

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