This week is ‘Children’s Week’. Children’s week is one of the highlights of the Florida session– recognizing children, families and the issues they face.
A local early education program is celebrating ‘Children’s Week in their own special way. There’s no doubt, these kids love to read. From infants to age 5, kids in the Head Start program are preparing for school by learning skills like their colors, the alphabet and of course, how to read.
“We must have an educated force, and where better to start than with our children,” said Head Start Director, Janice Llowers.
With 9 groups of children in attendance, and painted handprints all over the room, these kids are becoming a part of something bigger. These artsy hands, symbolizing the hands hanging in the Florida capitol’s rotunda for children’s week. Education and the welfare of children is one of the major topics of this year’s legislative session.
“Children are very important in today’s society and you look around and that might be a mayor or senator, president or whatever! It gets to show them their involvement in the community,” said Springfield Mayor, Ralph Hammond.
The painted hands decorate the room at the Springfield community center and kids enjoy a presentation and book reading of the ‘Kissing Hand’— the book fitting the theme of the week and stressing the importance of literacy.
“We need to make sure that we are stressing education from the earliest age possible,” said Llowers.
Officials with the program saying ‘children are the future and it’s our job to help them succeed’. At the event Springfield Mayor, Ralph Hammond, declared January 23rd as ‘Children’s Day’.