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Family fun day on Feb. 1 at Spring Street Academy

Maggie's Place is hosting a family literacy fun day on Feb. 1 at Spring Street Academy.

Janelle Tattrie (left) and Sarah Rushton from Maggie’s Place read an excerpt from Singily Skipping Along to six-month-old Marcus Premont at the family resource centre. Maggie’s Place is teaming up with CAN-U to host a family literacy day celebration on Feb. 1 from 10 a.m. to noon at Spring Street Academy.

AMHERST – Children (and adults) of all ages are encouraged to singily skip along during a family literacy day event at Spring Street Academy next week.

Maggie’s Place is again joining forces with CAN-U to host a fun day at the Amherst school on Feb. 1 from 10 a.m. to noon. There is no charge to attend and there will be numerous fun family activities around the book Singily Skipping Along, written by Sheree Fitch and art by Deanne Fitzpatrick.

Thanks to a Raise a Reader grant, everyone who attends the day will receive a copy of the book and both Fitch and Fitzpatrick will be on hand.

This is the second time Fitch has participated in the literacy events. Two years ago, despite poor weather, Fitch celebrated the day with events using the themes from her book There Were Monkeys In My Kitchen.

“There will be a lot of fun activities using the theme from the book,” Janelle Tattrie of Maggie’s Place said. “We will have a yoga session for parents and children, along with parachute play and an obstacle course.”

There’ll be streamers, sponge painting, drum making and rug hooking for children.

Sarah Rushton said there will be a number of art events including body tracing. Children will also be allowed to draw photos of themselves and use various adjectives to describe themselves.

Also featured will be a display of hooked rugs from Fitzpatrick and Donna Farrell of Maggie’s Place.

There will also be snacks.

“The purpose of the day is to celebrate parents and children being together and having fun together,” Maggie’s Place executive director Carolyn d’Entremont said. “With it being literacy day we also want to encourage parents and children reading together. “

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, call Maggie’s Place at 667-7250.

Twitter: @ADNdarrell

Organizations: Street Academy, Amherst school

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