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Day care uses Front Porch Salute to teach

Dylan Goetz • Jul 31, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Kid’s Kourt, a child care service in Grand Haven, is using the Coast Guard Festival’s Front Porch Salute Contest to teach children about Coast Guard history. 

The Front Porch Salute is a contest that calls for homes and businesses to decorate their property to honor the U.S. Coast Guard and match the “Heroes and Legends: The Spirit Lives On” theme.

The Coast Guard Festival’s Facebook page is collecting votes for the Social Media King award through Wednesday. The collection began July 28.

There are also awards for the executive director’s favorite decoration and the intern’s favorite decoration. 

Kid’s Kourt’s decoration, which features a cutout of the Coast Guard cutter Escanaba and a light display that plays to the sound of the Coast Guard anthem, took a weekend to set up, said the day care business’ Maryann Barringer. Since Barringer had participated in previous decorating contests, the lights and setup didn’t cost as much as she expected. 

“This is a good way to get involved in the community and show support for the Coast Guard,” Barringer said. 

This week’s classroom learning theme is Coast Guard. On Monday, the young charges learned about Coast Guard boats. 

“It’s a good learning point for the kids,” Barringer said. “Last year was the first year we did it. This way we can teach them about the Coast Guard’s importance in Grand Haven.”

To vote in the Front Porch Salute Contest, visit facebook.com/CoastGdFestival.

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