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>Hello friends and community partners!

Recently, a reading party took place at the Northshore Family Center (and our other Family Support sites) thanks to a grant from Page Ahead, a local non-profit organization that partners with community organizations like ours to provide developmentally appropriate, brand new books to children who might not otherwise have access to them.

This event was a way for us to encourage reading in both the parents/caregivers and the children. Our theme was “Pajama Read-In Party”, and of course, we all got to wear our pajamas (that was unusually fun); but not to mix bedtime with reading please! We just wanted to make the room and the atmosphere comfortable enough for the kids to read and be read to. We wanted to share with everyone how much we love reading and how easy it is to find a cozy place where you can read with your child at home.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go”.
Dr. Seuss

Afterschool Connections was way too much fun to watch. Very interesting things can happen when kids read books; they want to play with words, their imagination flows, and they become more creative. Nathan and Natasha were playing with words that they had just read in a book. Others were quietly doing their homework inside the tents.

Watching Jasmine and Maria read and do their homework made the staff want to stop working and start reading! How much fun did we have!
Anthony with a volunteer working on his homework, getting ready to read some “scary” stories.
Sherri, a Play & Learn participant, couldn’t help but crawl into the tent to read with Payton.
Yeni and Giselle enjoy listening to Jonathan read to them.

At the end of each program, every child received a book of their choice. There were lots of books to choose from; each child was so happy to get a book to take home.

Read with your child; it will make a difference in his or her life.

Thank you, Page Ahead, for making this event possible.