-The Hattiesburg Mayor’s
Council for Early Learning Opportunities and The University of Southern
Mississippi’s Project SEED are hosting “Saturday in the
Park” on May 21 at Vernon Dahmer Park in Hattiesburg. The purpose
of the event, which will last between 9 - 11 a.m., is to promote early
literacy opportunities for children. Activities will focus on favorite
children’s stories and will include events such as a demonstration
by the Sweet Pilgrim Puppet Ministries and a special reading by Mayor
"I try to never miss an opportunity to
read to children,” DuPree said. “Not only do I love
to see their faces as they wait eagerly to hear where the story
will take them, but also I know it may help instill in them a lifelong
love for reading. Reading is an essential building block for success
in life and starting a child down that path as early as possible
The message of Project SEED is that early literacy
is more than reading and writing; it starts from birth and involves
play and interactions within a child’s natural environments.
Project SEED’s goal is to support and enhance school readiness
in all children.
According to IDS Director Dr. Jane Siders, “Saturday
in the Park” is a way to introduce parents to the importance
of literacy in the life of their young child. “Parents will
have the opportunity to review books that young children love and
to take home ideas for instilling a love of reading that will last
a lifetime,” Siders said. “Project staff member Elizabeth
Beavers has planned a day full of learning fun and surprises.”
This will be a great opportunity for children and
their parents to have fun learning and playing together. The event
is open to the community, and all children who attend will leave
with a book and the memory of a fun experience. Project SEED and
Mayor DuPree hope to see you Saturday, May 21, in the park!
To learn more about Project SEED, visit www.usm.edu/ids
or call (601) 266-5163. Project SEED is funded by the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children and Families.
Dahmer Park is located at 1000 Country Club
Road. For more information, call Charles Hughes at (601) 266-6037.