Friday, July 30, 2010

Way to Grow picnic report

From Elizabeth Fields, Director (and inspirer) of Early Childhood Education at Way to Grow:

I want to share one of my new favorite WTG moments with you. Last night we had a picnic for Preschool Pals at Loring Park. 24 out 25 families that signed up showed up! Everyone brought  a dish to share and we all ate and played and had our faces painted together. After dinner the families met author, Deb Miner. Deb gave every family a copy of her book and we all sat in the grass together and read the book with her.  You should have heard those kids and families all reading together!! After the reading Deb met each family and signed their books with a personal message. It was a very powerful picnic! Many, many parents came to me to thank us for this opportunity for their children as well as our preschool program in general. Many of the parents chipped in to help with clean up too :-)

It was one of those powerful Way to Grow moments in life when you see many different cultures and people from all walks of life come together for a common cause.  And there really is no better cause than providing children with opportunity and education.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Way to Grow

I'm excited to do a book reading and signing in Loring Park this Thursday at Way to Grow's summer picnic for kids and families. Way to Grow empowers parents to be their children’s first and foremost teachers. Working with the Twin Cities’ most isolated families, their goal is to ensure every child has an equal opportunity to succeed in school and life. This sweet video tells a bit of their story.