LiteracyDay fun for the whole family

Jamie Heap
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Maggie’s Place, CAN-Ufun day features reading, signing by author Fitch and illustrator Fitzpatrick

AMHERST-Children of all ages gathered at the Knights of Columbus Saturday in conjunction with Maggie’s Place and CAN-U’s Family Literacy Day event.

“It was a great event,” stated Janelle Tattrie of Maggie’s Place. “Everyone had a great time. Deanne (Fitzpatrick) had some of her (hooked) artwork up on the wall while Sheree (Fitch) was reading (Singily Skipping Along). It was a great day.”

In addition to the featured reading and book signing by Fitch and Fitzpatrick, which was made possible through Raise-a-Reader program in partnership with Maggie’s Place, CAN-U, the Chronicle-Herald and Literacy Nova Scotia, there was sensory writing, story stones as well as circle time with Karen LeBlanc.

Finally, there was body tracing, face-painting, parachute play yoga and snack time.

“By reading aloud (with children), you are doing more than telling a story,” stated Sheree Fitch. “You’re creating a safe place, as well as a creating a new world.”

As for Singily Skipping Along illustrator Deanne Fitzpatrick, she donated the money made from selling the rugs used as illustrations in the children’s book Singily Skipping Along to L’Arche, an international federation of communities founded by Jean Vanier that allows men and women with developmental disabilities, and those who share life with them, to live and work together.

“It was really fun, I enjoyed myself,” said Fitzpatrick. “The rugs from the book that were sold online raised just under $5,000 for L’Arche. I donated the rugs, but Sheree and I both chose L’Arche as our charity. We just really believe in it.”

 

AMHERST-Children of all ages gathered at the Knights of Columbus Saturday in conjunction with Maggie’s Place and CAN-U’s Family Literacy Day event.

“It was a great event,” stated Janelle Tattrie of Maggie’s Place. “Everyone had a great time. Deanne (Fitzpatrick) had some of her (hooked) artwork up on the wall while Sheree (Fitch) was reading (Singily Skipping Along). It was a great day.”

In addition to the featured reading and book signing by Fitch and Fitzpatrick, which was made possible through Raise-a-Reader program in partnership with Maggie’s Place, CAN-U, the Chronicle-Herald and Literacy Nova Scotia, there was sensory writing, story stones as well as circle time with Karen LeBlanc.

Finally, there was body tracing, face-painting, parachute play yoga and snack time.

“By reading aloud (with children), you are doing more than telling a story,” stated Sheree Fitch. “You’re creating a safe place, as well as a creating a new world.”

As for Singily Skipping Along illustrator Deanne Fitzpatrick, she donated the money made from selling the rugs used as illustrations in the children’s book Singily Skipping Along to L’Arche, an international federation of communities founded by Jean Vanier that allows men and women with developmental disabilities, and those who share life with them, to live and work together.

“It was really fun, I enjoyed myself,” said Fitzpatrick. “The rugs from the book that were sold online raised just under $5,000 for L’Arche. I donated the rugs, but Sheree and I both chose L’Arche as our charity. We just really believe in it.”

 

Organizations: Knights of Columbus, Chronicle-Herald

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