‘Young Child Week’ set for April 16-20

The Marion County K-State Research and Exten­sion Office, along with community partners, will be hosting free interactive storybook activities April 16-20 across Marion County in honor of “The Week of the Young Child.”

WOYC is an annual celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Chil­dren celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers, and families.

Families are invited to partake in the StoryWalk and partnering activity in relation to the storybook at any of the following locations: 5-7 p.m. April 16 at the Peabody Park (Peabody Elementary School gym if raining); 5-7 p.m. April 17 at the Marion City Park (City Building basement if raining); 5-7 p.m. April 19 from at Hillsboro Memorial Park (Hillsboro library, if raining); 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 20 at the Goessel Elementary School, and 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 27 at the Centre Elementary School.

“A StoryWalk promotes both literacy and physical fitness for families in a fun and exciting way,” said Tristen Cope, Marion County Extension agent.

The StoryWalk contains laminated pages from a children’s book that are attached to signposts, which are along a path for families to walk and read.

“The StoryWalk project, the creation of Anne Ferguson and the Kellogg-Hubbard Library from Montpelier, Vt., is described as: “An innovative and delightful way for children and adults to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time.”

Learn more about The StoryWalk Project at: http://www.kellogghubbard.org/storywalk.

For more information, call Cope at 620-382-2325 or email her at tcope@ksu.edu.