Lonoke Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters held its October group meeting Oct. 14 at the Lonoke Community Center. The theme of the meeting was pirates.

Several of the children came dressed as a pirate, and received a pirate bandanna, eye patch, and pirate tattoos. The children were greeted by our very own Pirate Hunter Keller. We all watched and listened to the book: The Day I went to Sea from Portside Pirates, by Barefoot Books. The children worked on many activities with their parents such as: walking the plank, throwing rings at pirate’s hooks, dug for treasures, made a sticker treasure island picture, swabbed the deck, and colored a pirate picture. The children had their pictures made as a pirate.

The children who attended or were represented at the meeting were: Jayden Williams, Jacob Hale, Reed Krablin, Mason Hambrick, Collin Adams, Jayden Simpkins, Hailey Shelton, JenWilliam Johnson, James Quintanilla, Eli Quintanilla, Alexander Stockton, Charlotte Shelton, Graham Biles, Alyssa White, Leah Hester, Tristan Taylor, Annalise Taylor, Alli Beth Carroll. Also attending the meeting were students from Tana Miller’s Family Consumer Science Investigation class at the Lonoke Middle School. They provided help before, during, and after the group meeting.

At the end of the meeting appreciation gifts were handed out to parents as well as treat bags for each child.

The next meeting will be held on Monday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. at the Lonoke Community Center. The theme of the meeting will be Native Americans.

We would like to thank the Lonoke Community Center for the use of their facilities, for set-up, and clean-up of the meeting, Jeannie Holt, Tana Miller and her CSI class for their help. Thank you parents for bringing your children to participate in the group meeting and activities. A special Thank you to Hunter Keller, giving of his time to come and represent our program as our pirate.

HIPPY is a home-based education program for children ages three, four, and five years old. For further information, call 676-0121 and speak with Sherry Evans.