Prairie Public Celebrates Summer Learning & Literacy in Fargo
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More than 1,100 families celebrated a day of literacy and learning when Prairie Public joined with community partners, the United Way of Cass-Clay and the Fargo Park District, to host the station’s 12th annual Share A Story event at Rheault Farm in Fargo on June 6, 2015. Families from across the Fargo-Moorhead region visited the farm to download free PBS KIDS apps, hear storytellers, check out real dinosaur bones, learn about kitchen science, see zoo animals, enjoy stage acts, meet firefighters and police officers, play on Prairie Public's mobile lab and "go fishing" for free books.
This year's "special guest" was Buddy from DINOSAUR TRAIN, and kids and parents queued up to get photographs with him. Aspiring young paleontologists couldn't get enough of Buddy, and everyone got a dinosaur trading card courtesy of the DINOSAUR TRAIN website. Prairie Public built on the dinosaur theme with additional STEM-oriented exhibits and stage acts, including a cardboard DINOSAUR TRAIN background with characters peeking out of the windows.
This annual event is just one element in Prairie Public’s mission to make free, educational content available to families throughout their community. Thanks to the support of station donors and the event’s community partners, Prairie Public is able to offer this special event at no charge to the public. This year the station made a special effort to target low-income school districts in its marketing efforts to ensure diverse and broad attendance by canvassing local low-income neighborhoods with door hangers and quarter-page fliers.
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