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Sixth Kirkwood Family Day Deemed Big Success, Despite Cold Weather 

Regardless of the weather, Kirkwood students, families and alumni make Family Day a special event for all. Kirkwood Community College held its sixth annual Family Day on Saturday, Oct. 6. With a high temperature right around 50 degrees, the 1,000 or so people in attendance braved some chilly temperatures to enjoy the day.

In addition to the events scheduled near the heart of the campus in the Bookstore/Iowa Hall area, hayrack rides took hundreds of visitors on an up-close tour of the 885-acre main campus. “It was sort of windy during the day, so we were pleasantly surprised we had so many families taking part in the hayrack rides around campus,” said Family Day Committee member Sharon Blanchard.

Each student and parent in attendance got a free Kirkwood t-shirt and welcome bag. There were prizes given away throughout the day, including umbrellas, blankets and coffee cups. Alumni in attendance were given prizes from Kirkwood Alumni & Friends. One lucky student won a $250 gift card to the Bookstore for the Spring semester.

Student volunteers from the Student Ambassadors, Student Leadership Council, Cheerleading, Dance team, and some agriculture clubs helped throughout the day. The Floriculture club, the “Forget-Me-Nots”, donated candy kiss roses that were given away mothers and grandmothers. And once again, the Culinary Arts students showed off their skills in ice carving. 

The annual Alumni baseball game was at 1 p.m., with the Kirkwood Eagles softball team hosting two home games as well.

The Animal Health students hosted an open house, Floriculture students hosted their Orchid Show, the Kirkwood Rec Center was open, the Equestrian Center was open, and tours were taking place in Jones Hall, Johnson Hall, The Hotel at Kirkwood Center and the Katz Family Healthcare Simulation Center. 

“The Family Day Committee was incredibly grateful for all the families, students and volunteers that withstood the chilly temperatures to make this year’s Family Day successful,” said Blanchard. “We were very excited to see so many students and families had a great time with the activities and entertainment for the day. Our goal was to provide students an opportunity to show their families the college they call home, by providing a family-friendly atmosphere.”