Jumpstart for a Day

IMG_3607Crotona Park West families enjoyed a day where literacy and fun came to life!

In celebration of families and reading, Phipps Neighborhoods, in partnership with Jumpstart held its first Jumpstart for a Day event on Saturday, April 16, 2016. Approximately 90 families from the community participated in the event.

The Crotona Park West Community has less than one in five 3rd graders reading at grade level. Events like Jumpstart for a Day encourages parents and caretakers to make reading fun through literacy rich activities that can be done at home to help young readers read at grade level. In hopes of bringing literacy awareness to our neighborhoods, and encouraging children to develop a love for language and reading, Jumpstart organized a variety of fun educational activities for families and children all ages.

Each table at the event engaged children in activities that strengthened literacy using popular children’s books such as Rainbow Fish, Rabbits and Raindrops, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, The Snowy Day and more. These activities included matching uppercase letters with lowercase letters, matching the same letters, and counting numbers.

The Jumpstart for a Day event also included family fun such as face painting, games, raffles, free books and giveaways, snacks, gluing colorful designs on pictures, and making silly rabbit hats. In addition, all children received a book-bag filled with books to bring home.

Phipps Neighborhoods recognizes Jumpstart for their hard work and dedication in organizing and bringing an amazing literacy event such as Jumpstart for a Day to the Crotona Park West Community. Parents are encouraged to continue these kinds of engagements at home. One fun activity for parents and children to do at home is to take turns reading story books to each other. Bedtime is an especially great time for reading together and cuddling!

For more information on Jumpstart and upcoming events, please visit https://www.jstart.org.


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