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 Oct. 1 at Kamper
Park in Hattiesburg. The purpose of the event, which will last between
9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.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 Johnny
"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 is critical."
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 Institute for Disability Studies 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.
“Saturday in the Park” offers children
and their parents an opportunity to learn and play together. It
is open to the community and all children who attend will get a
Project SEED and Mayor DuPree hope to see you Oct.
1 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.
For more information, call Elizabeth Beavers
at (601) 266-5163.