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Literacy day's magical theme a hit among young witches and wizards

Brian Pierson (left) works on his spell casting with witch Hailie Harrison

AMHERST – Magic wands were made and spells were flying Saturday morning at Spring Street Academy for Maggie’s Place and CAN-U’s ‘The Wonderful World of Wizards’ literacy day event. Children and their parents joined in on the face painting, spell book making, and even some special magic tricks.

Curtis Smith was just one of the children in attendance for the event. He said he would definitely tell his friends about it.

“I like the little potions,” he said. “They’re really fun. I got to make a hat and a spell book.”

Mallory Jury brought her daughter to the wizard-themed event. She said it was an instant hit.

“I told my little one about it this morning and she didn’t stop talking about it until we got here. She was ecstatic, she loves coming to this stuff,” she said. “A lot of kids don’t all go to day care and don’t have the chance to get out with other kids. This is what they need, they need the interaction with the other kids. This is an awesome place. I love when Maggie’s Place does this.”

Heather Matthews, the children’s team co-ordinator for Maggie’s Place, said the turnout was a little smaller than expected, but she was still pleased with the number of children ready to learn some magic.

“The kids that are here are having a great time and that’s the main thing really,” she said. Along with the magic wands and face painting, Matthews and some of the other witches helping put together the event, even had a special science table.

“We’re blowing things up, which is a lot of fun and we’re making potions,” she said. “There are lots of fun things.”

jturner@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Street Academy for Maggie

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