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PHOTOS: 6th Annual GECDSB Children’s Block Party

Saturday September 24th, 2016, 12:46pm


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Today the Parenting and Family Literacy Centres (PFLC) of the Greater Essex Country District School Board (GECDSB) held their 6th annual Children’s Block Party at John Campbell Public School in Central Windsor.

The family event, which ran from 10 am – 1 pm, invited parents with children up to age six to experience free activities centred around , music, fitness, arts, building, and literacy.

“Whatever you see here you’ll see at one of our centres, but on a smaller scale,” says Samar Houad, one of the event organizers.

PFLC is a free drop-in centre with five locations across Windsor-Essex that aims to help transition children into kindergarden.

“It’s not a daycare, parents do have to stay,” clarifies Houad, noting that these centres are a great way for parents to make connections with the larger community and other parents in the area.

This teacher-run service is only available in schools, and in four hours mimics a full day in the classroom, including reading circles and snack time.

Events like today’s block party are very important for the PFLC, as the centres are funded based on attendance and these large-scale events keep people aware of their existence.

Five hundred people are expected to visit John Campbell throughout the day.



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