Over 90 princesses along with their dads, uncles, grandpas or other male figure in their lives were treated to a night of magic at the third annual Knight for a Princess Saturday, April 2, at Speedway in Milbank.
The event was hosted by the Parenting Exceptional Children group of Grant County. The theme for the night was Frozen Fever, from the Disney movie Frozen. The night included photos, games, crafts, snacks, a meal, and a grand march and ended with dancing.
“This event was modeled after similar events in other communities and meant to be a night for a special man in a young girl’s life to spend quality time with her,” stated PEC board member Jeny Koplin. The event was geared towards girls ages one to 12. The funds raised through this event help support the PEC program.
PEC was formed nearly four years ago when a group of stay-at-home moms began meeting in the basement of the Grant County Courthouse for a play group. “We decided to create a group to reach out to more families,” stated Koplin. Pastor Carl Larson from American Lutheran Church graciously welcomed the group into the church and Tot School was formed. The non-profit group strives to offer resources, fun events, and support to parents of children from birth through age six.
The main activity of PEC is a weekly Tot School. The group meets every Wednesday morning during the school year from 9 to 10:45 a.m. at American Lutheran Church. Children are accompanied by an adult and enjoy crafts, activities, storytime, songs, snacks, and play time. “It is a great opportunity for kids to interact with other kids. It also gives adults resources, advice, comfort, and support of parenting,” explained Koplin. “No signup is required. Children and families are invited attend whenever it works into their schedules.”
Other events PEC has sponsored are: parenting classes, reading events, workshops, and dance parties. “We look forward to planning other events for children in the years to come,” noted Koplin. The group has had several requests for a mom and son event.
PEC board members include Amy Bass, Dana Mathiason, Heather Bumgardner, Miriah Hicks, and Jeny Koplin. For more information, email the group at PECofgrantcounty@gmail.com.