Poarch Creek Band of Indians Literacy Event 2011
Children participated in a family fun day and literacy event sponsored by PCI and GRCMA ECD which included a special art corner hosted by the Mobile Museum of Art. Poarch Creek Indian Reservation Family & Education Services staff invited local child care providers and families to attend free of charge. Mr. Howard from the Mobile Museum of Art, along with a volunteer from PCI coordinated and oversaw the children’s art corner, and GRCMA staff planned and oversaw the dramatic play and physical education areas, and the outdoor games. Each child participated in the different learning environments along with their teacher and/or parent. All children came together for story-time and musical fun, then chose a book of their own to take home.
Teachers in attendance received a bag of reusable materials. Parents from the community were also invited to bring their preschool children. Programs participating from Escambia County were Fred McGhee Learning Center with 15 preschool children, 2 teachers and 3 parents, First Baptist Preschool with 15 preschool children, 2 teachers and 4 parents. Also attending were 5 children from the community.
Week of the Young Child and Child Abuse Prevention Month Literacy Event 2011
Over 170 children participated in the free Mobile Museum of Art & Literacy event which included story-time, an interactive art exhibit, and a hands-on art project. The emphasis was on the Week of the Young Child and Child Abuse Prevention Awareness (Blue Ribbon Month). Teachers and parents received tip sheets and promotional materials to display in their centers on how to recognize and report abuse. Also “Child Abuse Prevention” workshops were offered throughout the counties. Week of the Young Child parent activity calendars and teacher’s classroom activity ideas and story-stretcher tips were also distributed. GRCMA staff along with volunteers (4) from the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP Mobile) read aloud to the children, played music, sang and incorporated puppets into their story-time both days.