Education and fun-filled learning was the theme Sunday during the Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy’s Family Fest.
Held in the Gibraltar Room, event co-ordinator Kirsten Stark said 319 visitors walked through doors, 201 new books were given away for free to children, and 585 homemade cookies were donated.
Family Fest featured activities hosted by numerous organizations including CCPL, Cariboo Regional District Library Williams Lake Branch, School District 27 Strong Start, Williams Lake Recreation Services, Women’s Contact Society, Scout Island, The Realm of Toys, Cariboo Chilcotin Child Development Centre Association, Williams Lake Optometry, Denisiqi Services Society and Interior Health.
“A huge thank you to the Lionesses, who so graciously volunteered their time and worked so hard serving the subs and refreshments,” Stark said.
“The amazing event day team was made up of over 30 professionals and volunteers, all passionate about early childhood education, literacy and learning.”
In addition, more than 100 children took part in the RC Days for Kids activity, while 50 door prizes were presented.
Two grand prizes were also given away, both valued at over $100.
“Thanks to The Realm of Toys for the wonderful donation of the second prize,” Stark said. “Every family took home a Family Fest bag, a Melissa and Doug activity pad and a craft or information from the wide variety of activities on offer.”
Event sponsors for Family Fest were: Success by Six, CCPL, Cariboo Friendship Society, Children First and Williams Lake Optometry, while the event was supported by Subway, Cool Clear Water, The Hearth Restaurant and The Realm of Toys.
“This event is made possible by the hard-working members of the Early Childhood Development Network of Williams Lake and, this year, guests were welcome by the staff of the Pregnancy Outreach Program.”