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.

Polly’s guests will include:

Each event will be broadcast via Facebook Live from the Boardwalk at the Shoppes at University Place, 8927 J M Keynes Drive.

Coming in June – Live crafts for children and family

The fun will continue each Wednesday evening in June, as Pinwheel Polly and her friends facilitate Facebook Live crafts for children and families.
All future events can be found on the Charlotte Kids Fest Facebook events page.

More about Charlotte Kids Fest

This annual daylong free event for young learners takes place each autumn on the campus of UNC Charlotte. Attendees experience educational activities and live performances covering six main areas: LEARN! DISCOVER! CREATE! GO! DANCE! and PLAY!

More festival information including videos of past events can be found on Facebook and at the Charlotte Kids Fest website.

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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