CRESTVIEW — Okaloosa Head Start sites here had a walkathon in observance of the National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week May 1-5.

While the NCMHA Day is May 4, due to severe weather, children, their parents and teachers at both locations walked May 5 in Crestview. The walks ended with a balloon release.

OHS Mental Health & Disabilities specialist Junia Askew, with support from staff members, organized a weeklong program for the observance. It included the reading of a story about mental health; creating art for a display featuring the color green for mental health awareness; dressing in green; parental awareness of mental health; and creating banners featuring green for the walkathon.

The children also had a classroom activity where they discussed "What Mental Health Means to Me."