Books, magic, machines, experiments and much more were a part of Family Literacy Day in Great Village.
© Lynn Curwin
Four-year-old Graddy Shannon helps Brad the Balloon Guy (Brad Alexander) create a balloon sword. Brad made a variety of items from balloons, and provided a magic show, for those who attended Great Village’s Family Literacy Day.
The gym at the elementary school was packed for the event on Saturday, which was hosted by the Colchester Adult Learning Association (CALA) and the Great Village Community Association.
“We’re very, very pleased with the turnout,” said Charlene Lannon, a CALA instructor with the Great Village outreach program. “We have a lot of activities and demos, as well as draws and prizes. We have a table with books and we want to send every child home with a free book.”
One popular area was Dalhousie University’s SuperNOVA booth, where children could take part in an experiment and create a gooey substance.
“They’re making alien eggs,” explained Ben Parker, SuperNOVA director. “They have calcium chloride and sodium alginate, which they mix with water and them together. The alginate solution clumps and makes a chain.”
Parker said the SuperNOVA program visits as many community events as possible, holds classroom workshops for grades Primary to 9 and has a summer camp program.
“We have science, engineering and computer science camps,” he said. “Our programs are fun and they help children learn.”
The Dalhousie Agricultural Campus in Bible Hill has been added to the camp list for SuperNOVA.
Those who attended the Literacy Day celebration could watch a 3-D printer at work, have their face painted, learn about new technology, take part in yoga, watch a karate demonstration, learn about cartoons and caricatures, have a balloon item created for them, learn about Zumba, listen to a story and have lunch.
Family Literacy Day, which is officially Jan. 27 this year, is celebrated nationally