Destination Summer

2017

Goldsboro News Argus - Destination Summer

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By PHYLLIS MOORE pmoore@newsargus.com Children start learning from the time they enter the world. Everyday life is a educational experience, and even ordinary things can be extraordinary and exciting to that young mind. Teachers know this. Parents and caregivers probably do, too, although they could also benefit from a bit of support and information. That's why an event like the annual Born Learning Festival is so important. Part of a national public engage- ment campaign, it focuses on creat- ing early learning opportunities for young children. All in the easiest possible way — using "everyday moments" to teach children. From routine trips to the grocery store to a car ride across town, there are all sorts of creative ways to interact and engage that young mind, officials say. The festival was introduced local- ly in 2006 to put resources into the hands of families and those work- ing with children, as well as com- munity leaders and policymakers. School readiness continues to be hot topic, but beyond achievement gaps and test scores or graduation rates, it all boils down to preparing children for school and future suc- cess. The Partnership for Children of Wayne County connects families with early care and education, health and family support services for young children. The Partnership-sponsored Born Learning Festival is funded locally by United Way of Wayne County. This marks the 12th year for the annual event, to be held Saturday, June 3, at Herman Park, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The family day helps parents, grandparents and caregivers pro- vide quality care learning opportu- nities for young children. Activities during the day include storytelling, free trains rides and entertainment. There will also be food vendors, inflatables and costumed charac- ters, as well as karate and dance demonstrations and a petting zoo. Vendors offer educational infor- mation linking parents with com- munity resources and also promote easy-to-do activities and hands on efforts to do to help children learn, said Valerie Wallace, assistant exec- utive director of the Partnership. "There are usually anywhere from 40 to 50 vendors on hand," she said. "It's usually community organiza- tions that participate and we ask that anybody that participates do some type of parent-child activity just to promote learning with young children." Free materials are available in English and Spanish. For more information on the festi- val, visit info@pfcw.org or call the Partnership at 919-735-3371. 8 — Destination Summer Thursday, May 25, 2017 July 10 th - August 2 nd Includes Golf, Hamburger, Chips and Drink 2317 SALEM CHURCH ROAD www.lanetree.com or email headpro@lanetree.com L KING FOR SUMMER FUN FOR THE KIDS? OUR KIDS GOLF CAMP IS THE ANSWER! Mondays & Wednesdays 9 am-12pm Ages 5 & up OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 18-hole golf course golf lessons golf range pro shop banquet facilities full-service restaurant style grill 100DCT0517D© 35DSL0517J© Born Learning Festival helps parents, grandparents and caregivers to help children Photo submitted Born Learning, the annual family event for parents and young children, affords many opportunities for fun and teachable moments, with hands on activities as well as entertainment and story time. Dillard Alumni parade scheduled for May 27 The annual Dillard and Friends Alumni parade will be May 27 from 10 a.m. to noon. There will be more than 100 parade entries, including floats, bands and more. Free.

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