Getting kids on the move

   Excitement on North Water Street was high Saturday morning as the Sparta Kiwanis Club, in partnership with the Monroe County Local History Room Museum, launched the Sparta Youth Scavenger Hunt.  Harry and Charlie Frazee, sons of Rachel and Joel Frazee, were the first to receive registration forms, followed by over 200 Sparta area students who received forms on opening day.  The Hunt will conclude on Saturday, August 15, when all entries must be returned by 11:59 p.m.
   Representatives from both sponsors were present at the Farmers’ Market Saturday morning but Kiwanian Steve Bernett said scavenger hunt forms are available at any time in the Little Free Library box located near the Mueller Square entrance.
   As scavenger hunt rules state, the goal is to complete at least 16 questions correctly. That will require visiting each local location, all of which can be reached by walking or biking. The completed form must be deposited in the Sparta Free Library Book Return slot at the Library’s back door by the deadline, August 15.
   Prizes, at values up to $100, will be provided by the following local business supporters: Speed’s Bicycle Shop, Hansen’s IGA, Arenz Shoes, Fast Eddie’s Bait Shack, Cenex Convenience Store, Ginny’s Cupboard, Papa Murphy’s Pizza, Pizza Hut, Rudy’s Drive-In, Dairy Queen, Culver’s and Subway.
   Bernett said, “The scavenger hunt idea  grew out of a  brainstorming session at a Kiwanis ZOOM meeting. We wanted to create something to make up for all the cancelled activities, something  to get kids out and about. The response has been very positive, even drawing coverage by two area TV stations!”
   For additional information contact the Sparta Kiwanis Club at
  SpartaKiwanis2020@gmail.com or the Monroe County Local History Room Museum, 
608-269-8680.

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