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Community enjoying a back to school bash

The fire department was out in full force at the back to school bash in Dykshoorn park. Children were given an opportunity to blow out “fires” in a house. (Dustin White photo)

The fire department was out in full force at the back to school bash in Dykshoorn park. Children were given an opportunity to blow out “fires” in a house. (Dustin White photo)


For several years, St. Alexius and Kohl’s Cares has teamed up to bring children in their communities the opportunity to learn more about health and wellness topics. This is especially important, as childhood obesity is a growing problem in our nation. This year’s “Back to School Extravaganza,” featuring “Alex’s Buddy Clinic,” took place Aug. 5, from 1 to 6:30 p.m., at Dykshoorn Park in Mandan, just off Main Street.

This event was possible through Kohl’s Cares donation money for children’s health and wellness education events that St. Alexius Medical Center hosts throughout the year. The “Back to School Extravaganza” is the launch event for the Medical Center’s fiscal year.

As in previous years, children had fun learning health and safety tips before heading back to school. Participants were encouraged to bring their favorite stuffed animal or doll to “Alex’s Buddy Clinic.” Each child received a medical record for their “buddy,” was then “evaluated” by a St. Alexius medical provider. At the completion of their “clinic visit,” each child received discharge instructions for their “buddy.”

“Childhood obesity and child safety are concerns in our nation. Our goal is to educate children and caregivers about living a healthy lifestyle and being safe,” Gary P. Miller, President and CEO of St. Alexius Medical Center, said. “This is a great opportunity to bring children, parents and caregivers together for a day of health education and fun activities.”

Other activities included Zumba for kids, educational booths, inflatables, games and races, food and prizes. Children toured emergency vehicles and met the men and women who use them, and St. Alexius and Kohl’s Cares offered free child identification cards to all children and their parents
The “Back to School Extravaganza” took place in conjunction with Morton Mandan Public Library’s End of Year Reading Program, Dacotah Lions’ Burgers in the Park and the Music Association Summer Band Shell Concert.

Children were able to bring their favorite stuffed animals to the event, where they could have them checked. (Dustin White photo)

Children were able to bring their favorite stuffed animals to the event, where they could have them checked. (Dustin White photo)

As part of the back to school bash on Tuesday, Aug. 5, staff from St. Alexius brought a variety of medical supplies to the Dykshoorn park. To make them less threatening, they dressed some of them up. (Dustin White photo)

As part of the back to school bash on Tuesday, Aug. 5, staff from St. Alexius brought a variety of medical supplies to the Dykshoorn park. To make them less threatening, they dressed some of them up. (Dustin White photo)