Column: District 518 schools to celebrate the Week of the Young Child with Drive-Thru Children's Fair
"Thank you to all in our community that play a part in the lives of young children!"
WORTHINGTON — It is that time of the year again — time to get ready for the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s 2022 Week of the Young Child celebration in Worthington.
Friday, April 8, is the Drive-Thru Children’s Fair at the Worthington High School parking lot for activity bags, which will be handed out from 5:15 to 6 p.m. or until gone. One bag will be given per child age 2-7, and the child must be in the car to get a bag. The event and bag sponsors are Hi-Ho Preschool, Head Start, District 518 Early Childhood programs and the YMCA.
All kinds of events are being held during the WOYC (April 2-8) across the United States. It is time to spread the word about the importance of high-quality early learning and the critical role early childhood educators play in a child’s development and learning.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives in many ways, it hasn’t changed the need to celebrate and support children and the adults who love, care for and educate them. Thank you to all in our community that play a part in the lives of young children!
We know that the early years of development are important.
Speaking of the early years, did you know that in January of 1989, a grant was written by Arthea Raak, Karen Gadda and Vonnie Johnson to support a Family Carnival right here in Worthington?
The Family Carnival was held at the Northland Mall and included activities for families to come out and experience. It has been 33 years since the start of this event and it has evolved over the years, but still has the same purpose in mind and several early childhood leaders have championed the cause over the years.
It’s a time to appreciate, lift up and support a community that recognizes the importance of developmentally appropriate education of young children. It takes programs and families to work together to do what we know is best for young children. Way to go and keep up the good work!
Tara Thompson is the early childhood coordinator for District 518.