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February 2, 2013

Warming up for the big game: Children treated to snacks, lesson about Super Bowl

JOHNSTOWN — They were gearing up for Super Bowl XLVII Saturday at the Heritage Discovery Center.

Children as young as age 3 made crafts and learned about local football greats at the center’s Children’s Museum in Johnstown.

The event was called “Super Bowl Saturday.”

Youngsters made football snack pouches from construction paper and learned a thing or two about gridiron greats.

“We developed a lesson based on all the different people who have come from the Johns-town-area that have played professional football,” said Brittany Custer, museum staff member and AmeriCorps representative.

The list included 32 players and three coaches.

Some of the more familiar names included Pete Duranko, Jack Ham, Andrew Hawkins, Artrell Hawkins, Jeff Hostetler and LaRod Stephens-Howling.

The children stuffed their home-made snack pouches with suckers, Tootsie Rolls and Sugar Babies.

“I think they’re really enjoying it,” Custer said. “It’s something they can take home to remember their visit to the museum.

“They’ll probably be snacking on the candy during the Super Bowl,” she said.

Dina McClain of Windber helped her son, 3-year-old Sean McClain, cut brown construction paper.

“With the cold weather we have been cooped up in the house for a while,” McClain said. “I thought it would be nice to get him out and keep him engaged and active today.

“It’s a nice way to spend a little one-on-one time with him,” she said.

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