Every year kids get so excited to pick out their costumes and get out to collect that Halloween candy. Parents cringe at the thought of their children binging on candy for days. Use Halloween as a learning opportunity for children to manage their candy stash. After arriving home from trick-or-treating let them pick out their favorites and let them eat what they would like. Then have them put it away and keep it to 1 to 2 pieces at meals and or snack times the days following Halloween. This teaches kids that’s it ok to have some sweet treats, but not to go crazy every day. Usually within 1 to 2 weeks children forget that they even have the candy still, or have eaten all their favorites. At your home, try handing out alternative treats: stickers, temporary tattoos, pencils, popcorn, fruit cups etc. Halloween is only 1 day each year, have fun, eat candy, and enjoy the time with your family.
Students from La Crosse County and La Crescent-Hokah schools will show their support for local farmers by biting into locally grown apples at school on Thursday, October 13th. La Crosse area students will join schools from throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio by participating in the Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch. This annual event is held in conjunction with National Farm to School Month.
Apples from Ecker’s Apple Farm will be featured on the menu at Coulee Region Farm2School sites to celebrate the Great Apple Crunch. Ecker’s Apple Farm is located in Trempealeau, WI and has been family owned and operated since 1945. While all schools are participating in the Great Apple Crunch, each school is showcasing Ecker’s apples a little differently!
A properly installed child safety seat is your best line of defense to protect your child in the car. But you might be surprised to learn that four out of five safety seats are not properly installed.
Beginning Saturday, Oct. 8, Safe Kids Coulee Region, in partnership with La Crosse County Health Department, is offering free car seat safety checks from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fire Station #3 , 1710 Losey Blvd., La Crosse.
Bring the entire family and have all of your children’s car seats checked. Ideally, children should be present to properly fit them into their car seats, but expectant parents and grandparents who use car seats are also welcome. Certified child passenger safety technicians will inspect your child’s car seat and its installation, and will teach you to use your seat correctly. Please bring your car seat’s manual, if available. Also learn more about when to transition your child to a booster seat, how booster seats are used to make seat belts fit kids properly and why the back seat is the safest place for children to ride.
There will be monthly events held on the second Saturday from October through March at the same time and location. These are the only free community child seat safety check events in our area over winter. When the weather is chilly, seats will be checked indoors.