• Cowboy Shaun Green takes a spin on a tricycle through the playground at the Child Development Center after eating a big lunch of barbecue hamburgers on Western Day.

    Ride 'Em

    Cowboy Shaun Green takes a spin on a tricycle through the playground at the Child Development Center after eating a big lunch of barbecue hamburgers on Western Day.

  • Toddlers Alondra Castro and Jatavian Wilson are caught by surprise while eating cake by Garrison commander Col. Bob Pastorelli during his visit to the Child Development Center on Western Day. The event, held during the Month of the Military Child, including barbecue, visits from parents and lots of playtime. Pastorelli made a special visit to thank the CDC staff for taking care of military-connected children. He was joined by Chief Warrant Officer 2 Ramona Campbell, whose son Denzel was cared for by his grandparents and other relatives, his father and the CDC staff while Campbell was deployed to Iraq for 15 months.

    Howdy

    Toddlers Alondra Castro and Jatavian Wilson are caught by surprise while eating cake by Garrison commander Col. Bob Pastorelli during his visit to the Child Development Center on Western Day. The event, held during the Month of the Military Child...

  • Raiko Golden, Catalina D'Ambrosio-Rivera and Kalea Connolly hang out together on the monkey bars during Western Day. The cowboy and cowgirls had a great time pretending to be in the Wild West.

    Real Rodeo

    Raiko Golden, Catalina D'Ambrosio-Rivera and Kalea Connolly hang out together on the monkey bars during Western Day. The cowboy and cowgirls had a great time pretending to be in the Wild West.

The Week of the Military Child was celebrated with a big "Yee Haw!" by children and staff at the Child Development Center on April 26.

The staff grilled hamburgers for their young charges and parents who visited during Western Day. Great weather kept the kids outside, where they pretended to be in the Wild West. Most wore cowboy hats and some even wore cowboy boots.

Western Day was one of several activities planned for CDC children during the Week of the Military Child. The special week of activities occurs during the Month of the Military Child in April.

Debra Johnson, who works for the Directorate of Information Management, Kelly Counts of Precision Fires, Ricardo Santos of the Acquisition Center and Alexandria Jackson of Cargo Helicopters were among the parents who were able to get away from work to enjoy eating lunch with their children on Western Day. Counts also brought her 9-year-old son Kent, who was taken out of school at Providence to enjoy the lunch with his sister, 5-year-old Laura.

"Kent attended the CDC when he was young and now Laura is finishing up here," Counts said. "This is Laura's last Western Day at the CDC because she will be going to kindergarten in the fall. So, Kent and I both wanted to come out and celebrate this milestone with her and thank her wonderful teachers."

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