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Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

STAPLES — The Staples Motley Early Childhood Coalition announced plans to host its Move, Drop (everything) & Read event.

The event is planned from 6-7:15 p.m., April 17, in the Motley Big (New) Gym. This event is open to children ages 0-5 and their families.

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Move, Drop (everything) & Read is a fun-filled safe environment where children can explore the wonder of reading as well discovering how important it is to feed the brain with activity and movement as well. Participants will move through six stations alternating between reading and a movement activity. Activities will include an obstacle course, playing with hula hoops, and parachute play. The evening will conclude with singing and dancing. Door prizes will be awarded and each child/family will receive a free book. Project Coordinator Myra Horner stated: “This is our third year hosting Move, Drop & Read, and the popularity of the event grows every year. It is so exciting to see children and their parents spending time reading and moving together. It’s fun to see all the excitement and to be able to offer parents an opportunity to spend some special time with their children building brain connections through movement and reading.”

The Staples Motley Early Childhood Coalition is a diverse group of area community members who meet monthly to develop and strengthen programs within the Staples-Motley School District to ensure children are prepared and ready to start their school journey. The Minnesota Department of Education reports that less than 50 percent of children entering kindergarten are proficient in personal/social development, language/literacy, and mathematical thinking. Investing in children in the earliest years as possible yields the highest rate of return people can make, the coalition reported. The coalition quoted the Initiative Foundation, stating for every $1 invested in quality early care and education, $7-$16 may be saved. New members are welcome to join at any time. The coalition is funded by grant money and donations.

For more information, contact the Horner at (218) 894-2439, ext. 1091 or via email at smecc@isd2170.k12.mn.us.

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