Last Tuesday marked the Kick off Ribbon Cutting to begin the Month of the Young Child. The month long celebration, this year being the 27th annual, is aimed at engaging community stakeholders – including city officials, parents, business owners, and law enforcement – in support of Plainfield’s young children.
While you may have missed the opening celebration, you can still contribute. The Plainfield Public Schools have set a goal of collecting 2,000 books in its Donate-A-Book Campaign, which would allow all preschool and kindergarten children to be given a book to add to their home libraries. See the flyer below (click to enlarge).
Meanwhile, a Family Fun Day & Tour of Services will be held on Thursday April 24th from 3pm until 7pm at BUF Health & Human Services located at 403 W. 7th Street.
Month of the Young Child Kick-Off Ribbon Cutting Ceremony photos (taken by Elena Rutherford)
Mayor Adrian Mapp, School Superintendant Anna Belin-Pyles, BOE President Wilma Campbell cut the ribbon together
The Plainfield High School Jazz Band
City Administrator Rick Smiley and Mayor Mapp’s Chief of Staff John Stewart
Director of Early Childhood Evelyn Motley delivers a speech. To her left is Superintendent Anna Belin Pyles, PIECES member Dee Dameron and Community and Parent Involvement Specialist Lumishka Turnbull-Cooper. To the right is PIECES Advisory Council Co-chair, Donna Morrison, with fellow Advisory Council member Pete “Uncle Pete” Jones. It’s great to see Uncle Pete still involved in promoting early literacy. I fondly remember him reading to my second and third grade classes at Cedarbrook.
Office of early Childhood Master Teacher and Transition Specialist Tanaisha White proudly presents the book donation box that she designed.
The Plainfield High School Color Guard
Sergeant Kenny Reid donates his book
South Second Street Youth Center Family Workers Mykel Brooks and Marcela Harris
Finance Director Ron West donates a book as Economic Development Director Carlos Sanchez waits his turn