This week I’m celebrating literacy and festive moments.
On Tuesday, I volunteered to help out Story Time Oregon (stORytime)– “a new early learning initiative [that] brings together parents, educators, Early Learning Hubs, Regional Achievement Collaboratives, libraries, local businesses, and culturally specific community partners to build awareness and shared responsibility for ensuring our youngest Oregonians are on track to read by third grade.”
They had a launch event at a middle school where three different kindergarten classes and interested parties were invited to learn about the importance of literacy. Each kid also left with a shirt, a placemat, a goodie bag, and a book of their choosing! They also got lunch and ice cream.
I helped hand out the freebies. Some of my favorite moments were:
-In the auditorium, the speaker asked the kindergarteners what they wanted to be when they grew up. Some responses were a firefighter, police, and a teacher. A little girl said, “teenager.”
-After picking out their books, the kids were partnered up with a middle school buddy who read to them!
On Thursday, my work was invited to talk to people and agencies involved with kids. We talked about new and favorite books perfect for kids 0-5 years old. There’s nothing I love more than sharing the book joy with other readers. I also focused on books with diverse characters and nonfiction titles.
The last few months have seem to be a time of great new different opportunities but still along the lines of the things that are close to my heart!
For the festive moment, my roommate and I went to the zoo where they put up a dazzling display of lights. We had hot chocolate and rode the train to view more of the lit up grounds. I really didn’t take much pictures because it was too cold!
What are you celebrating this week?