Area toddlers continue learning at UHV family night

Gabriella Canales By Gabriella Canales

April 1, 2017 at 10:48 p.m.
Updated April 2, 2017 at 6 a.m.

J'Kobie Burton, 3, blows bubbles during Head Start Family Night hosted by UHV on Wednesday.

J'Kobie Burton, 3, blows bubbles during Head Start Family Night hosted by UHV on Wednesday.   Barclay Fernandez for The Victoria Advocate

The only physical difference separating twins Crystyan Crockett, 3, and Trystyan Crockett, 3, on Wednesday was face painting art of an orange football and purple grapes on each's left cheek.

"I brought them so they could enjoy some fun," said their mother, Darlene Austin, of Victoria. "I love doing activities with my babies."

The University of Houston-Victoria hosted Head Start Family Night to promote civic engagement and learning opportunities for children aged 3 to 5.

University students wanted to focus on adoption rates of pets and foster children as volunteer opportunities, said Ashley Yaws, UHV student director of civic engagement.

Student groups that participated included the Student Government Association, Jaguars Activity Board, Pre-Health Student Association and Rotaract Club.

Katlyn Lanier, freshman, painted pink and purple paw prints to the beat of "Bingo Dog Song" with the participants.

One lesson she learned was how to interact and be more personable.

"Communication is the key to success," Lanier, 19, said.

As a member of the Pre-Health Student Association, the experience has helped her gain experience as she pursues a career in the dental field, said Lanier.

"This shows you how to work with kids and communicate with their parents," she said.

Activities included arts and crafts, bowling, painting, balloon animals and fishing.

Offering students a service project opportunity was the purpose for creating the event, said Hilary Kofron, associate director of UHV Student Life and Services.

Opportunities for students to learn in a variety of environments are beneficial, Austin said.

She said more organizations should host and continue to host similar events.

"It's better for children to be around those who want to keep and make the world a better place," Austin said.


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