Early Learning Center celebrates Literacy Week

Pete the CatOn Monday, March 10th, the Early Learning Center hosted its family literacy night fiesta as part of a full week of activities designed to encourage a love of reading, expose families to the joy of interactive literacy and be better engaged in their child’s education and school. This year’s literacy week activities were supported through a venture grant from United Way.

Monday’s fiesta featured two performances by Eric Litwin, # 1 New York Times Best-Selling Author and Award Winning Musician. Eric comes from Atlanta, Georgia, and is best known as the author of the first four, best-selling Pete the Cat picture books and the author of the new musical series The Nuts. Eric Litwin (Mr. Eric) is a guitar strumming, book writing, harmonica blowing, song singing, folksy, fun type of guy. In his performances, Eric plays the guitar, sings, tells musical stories and brings books to life.

The free evening event was hosted for the Early Learning Center’s 700 students and their families. The evening featured activity stations that families rotate through; a Book Walk to win books; and ELC’s own teacher, Allison Gnuse, who led a Read Aloud from her recently published book, My African Home. Families also participated in Estimation Station for door prizes of book family packs.

Pete the Cat was also on hand to greet and take photos with families.