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Kids Fest and friends sharing bedtime stories via Facebook Live

Bears Behind the Badge will help read stories on May 13

Give your kids the gift of lively storytelling each Wednesday at 7 pm in May, streamed live from the Shoppes at University Place by University City Partners and groups that help bring you the amazing Charlotte Kids Fest each fall.

Pinwheel Polly, the mascot of Charlotte Kids Fest, has invited several friends to share their love of reading each Wednesday via the Kids Fest Facebook page.


Bears Behind the Badge need your books and stuffed animals

An officer reads to University City school children. Photo courtesy of Spectrum News Charlotte

Bears Behind the Badge, a program that helps youngsters get closer to both books and police, would love your help.

Officers visit schools to read with children and give them books and stuffed animals. Many children have few books of their own. Some children also fear police officers.

“We kind of plant the first seed of positive police interaction with a child,” Officer Chad Webster, community coordinator for the University City Division, told Fox 46 news earlier this year.

That seed-planting takes many books and stuffed animals, and there’s where the public can help, Webster says, by providing books and stuffed animals appropriate for children in grades K-3. (more…)

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