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SCCAP Head Start Children to Celebrate End of School Year with Picnics and Free Books

The three- to five-year old children will celebrate with family picnics at various Monroe County parks and schools. The celebrations will include a book distribution made possible through the Dream RIF Giveaway, which has provided funding for SCCAP to give books to children from low-income families three times per year.

The reading theme at the end of school year picnics will be, “Fly Away with a Good Book.” The participating children made invitations themselves to encourage their parents to attend the events, which will feature free Frisbees, lots of bubbles, one free book per child and party supplies donated by the Oriental Trading Program. The free books and activities to encourage reading are part of the Dream RIF Giveaway, a program of Reading is Fundamental, a nonprofit literacy association founded in 1966.

Most of the family picnics will be held on Thursday and Friday, May 20 and 21. Three of these that may have particularly good photo/story opportunities for media are one at Karst Farm Park from 10-2 on Thursday, another at Karst Farm Park from 10-2 Friday and one at Bryan Park from 1-3 Friday.

SCCAP Head Start has 169 children whose school year will end in May. Another 98 children will continue in Head Start classes through the summer.

The goal of SCCAP’s activities funded through the Dream RIF Giveway is to improve success of children from low-income families in school by having more books in their homes. This goal is accomplished through book giveaways and motivational activities