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The Circus Makes Special Visit to Local Children
The Circus Makes Special Visit to Local Children

Clowns from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus visited 200 children at the Easter Seals Child Development Center in Columbia Heights, Wednesday.

The Easter Seals Child Development Center, which has been serving children and families in the community since 1959 is one of 19 locations located in the Greater Washington Baltimore region.

This center provides exceptional services, education, outreach, and advocacy for children ages 0-5 living with autism and other disabilities so they can live, learn, work and play in our communities.

For the last 15 years, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus have partnered with Easter Seals to spread joy and laughter to children and families when they come to the DC area.

“Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus do a very good job of reaching out to the community especially to families who have children with special needs,” explained Easter Seals’ Director Kate Jordan-Downs. “The partnership means a lot to our Center. It’s solely for the children which makes them feel special when they get to interact with the clowns on a one-on-one basis.”

The clowns’ visit to the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Easter Seals Child Development Center in DC is an annual tradition held every year before Easter Seals’ Bright Stars event at the Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus where the children and families are given the opportunity to watch a special performance.

When speaking with two children who attend Easter Seals Development Center, four-year-old’s Aylin Naz Candir and Khalil Evans, they were both grinning ear-to-ear and very excited about the clown’s visit to their school, as well as seeing the elephants later on tonight at a special performance held for them and the children at NIH before the Circus opens to the public on Thursday.

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