I think the best part of the entire event was seeing the interaction between the parents and the children. Everyone was actively engaged in the activities and it was evident our goal of empowering parents while promoting literacy was achieved. The families in attendance today left with the best gifts: strategies to use while reading and books to build their home libraries. Thanks to our generous donors, we had hundreds of used books to stock our free store. Not only did we have books for our targeted age (K-2nd grade kids), but we also had adult novels, chapter books for older siblings, and board books for babies and younger siblings. How wonderful for the children and parents to be able to look through this great selection and choose what they would like to take home.
We cannot thank our generous supporters enough. The food was all donated. A big thanks to Hy-Vee on West Locust, friends, and neighbors. We had a wonderful group of community volunteers to help with the stations. We were also thrilled to have a group of 20 students from Assumption High School help with preparing and serving the meal, helping with our memory match station, and one lucky boy dress up in our Pete the Cat costume. We would also like to thank Ruhl and Ruhl for their sponsorship and Mel Foster for their donation of printing.
Tonight was just the beginning. We could not have asked for things to run more smoothly. I will leave you with the words Monroe's principal used to sum up the night: "This is the most powerful event we have had here in a long time. To walk into this room and see so much reading is awesome."
It really was. We look forward to providing this opportunity to many others in the years to come.
|The store. Look at all those books!|
|Modeling how to read with your children station. Practicing!|
|Checking out their new books|
|Memory match game|
|Gathering together to read Pete the Cat and a visit from Pete himself|
|Part of our group listening to Pete the Cat|