Friday, December 21, 2007

Kwanzaa Celebration!

Last night the ELI team and our awesome volunteers, Eleanor, Yun, Kelvin, and Charlie, celebrated Kwanzaa at the Bayview Library. Children and their families enjoyed the rhythmic sounds of African drums, joined in the lighting of the Kwanzaa candles, and made Kwanzaa wreaths and placemats with Jumpstart. The turn-out was fantastic -- we even had a first-time library visitor, 17-month-old Miracle! The night ended with the crowd playing Kwanzaa Bingo and chowing down on a delicious fried chicken dinner! Thanks to everyone who came and Happy Holidays! We hope to see you all, new friends and old, again in the new year!

Monday, November 19, 2007

I know an old lady who swallowed a PIE!

Our most recent event at the Bayview Library, “I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly,” was a fun night for all. Children and their families participated in an interactive reading, done by Jumpstart’s own Caitlin Grabowski, as well as created their own imaginary pie recipe and healthy eating placemats. Parents constructed an old lady storybook prop to engage their children in interactive reading at home. This is one of the many workshop collaborations done with the Bayview Library, so keep an eye out for more volunteer opportunities!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

San Francisco Family Festival

Probably one of the busiest events of the year, the SF Family Festival was a huge success for the Early Literacy Initiative! The ELI team and our amazing volunteers welcomed over 10,000 participants to the event with our literacy stations and reading area. The stream of families and children was non-stop, as was the busy “All About Me” book, puppet making, puzzles and games, and parachute play! Our volunteers even had the chance to help DCYF with the ever popular jump houses, KQED with their book activities, and Tree Frog Treks with Trucker the turtle and Tiki the bearded dragon!

The crowds were relentless -- we barely had time to rest and grab a bite to eat, let alone stand the 45 minutes in line to use the restroom! After the event was over I had time to sit and reflect, and came to the following conclusion: the weariness of my limbs, the numb state of my mind, as well as the memories of all the kids’ bright eyes and smiles are all signs of another ELI event well done! We couldn’t have done it without our volunteers so once again, THANK YOU. GO TEAM!

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