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September 20, 2018

Community Literacy Night Scheduled


FULTON, NY – Oswego County Opportunities Head Start Program will host its annual Community Literacy Night, featuring Pete the Cat.

This event will take place at Head Start centers throughout the county on April 18.

Pictured reading a Pete the Cat book, Rocking in My School Shoes is Danielle Duquette and her daughter Julia.

Pictured reading a Pete the Cat book, Rocking in My School Shoes is Danielle Duquette and her daughter Julia.

Fun and exciting hands-on literacy activities are planned for children ages 2-8.

These exciting activities are based on Pete the Cat books, such as Rocking in My School Shoes, Four Groovy Buttons, I Love My White Shoes and more.

“Pete the Cat is easy to read, full of bright colors and fun little songs to sing.

“Pete’s stories share positive messages, such as in Julia’s favorite book, I Love My White Shoes,” said Danielle Duquette, a parent at Discovery Learning Center in Phoenix (Head Start, Day Care and UPK). “In this book you get to learn that when your shoes get dirty, or if you are just feeling sad, you should keep on walking along and singing your song. In other words, keep your head up and things will get better.”

Holly Hoyt, a parent at North Shore Head Start, said, “Reading is learning and learning creates knowledge necessary for your children to be as amazing as they can possibly be! Reading allows all hemispheres of the brain to be used and helps children grow and learn to the best of their ability and endeavor to be better. Us as parents have the best laps for reading stories.”

Holly Hoyt and her daughter Sadie cuddle together and enjoy a quiet moment reading together.

Holly Hoyt and her daughter Sadie cuddle together and enjoy a quiet moment reading together.

All families will receive one Pete the Cat book (while supplies last) and each child will enjoy a theme related snack.

Come join the fun at one of our Head Start locations:

Discovery Learning Center, 80 County Route 59, Phoenix – 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Oswego Center, Fort Ontario, Building 31, 45 Schuyler St., 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Fulton Center, All Saints Church, 153 S. First St., 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Pinewoods Center, 2798 County Route 57, Fulton, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Fairgrieve HS/UPK, 716 Academy St., rooms 106 and 107 (Fairgrieve Elementary) 5:30 – 7 p.m.

North Shore Center, Life Church, 2363 State Route 49, Central Square, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Williamstown Center, 2910A County Route 17, North, Building A, 5:30 – 7 p.m. April 19.

The Head Start program was established in 1965. It is the oldest running school readiness program in the United States.

OCO Head Start serves 3- and 4-year-old children at seven centers throughout Oswego County.

The program is provided at no cost to families that meet the federal income guidelines.

Head Start provides comprehensive services which promotes school readiness through hands-on learning experiences.

The children receive nutritious meals and snacks as well.

Staff includes teachers with master’s or bachelor’s degrees in education, teaching assistants, classroom aides, family specialists, cooks and nurses.

We accept applications throughout the year.

Waiting lists are maintained for openings that may occur during the school year.

Those interested in learning more about Head Start for enrollment, please call 315-598-4711 and toll-free at-1-800-359-1171 or visit www.oco.org.

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