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Parents and their children gather together for the annual Martin-Pitt Partnership for "Week of the Young Child" program, inside of the Boyd Lee Park Recreational Center Monday, April 16, 2018.


By Brian Wudkwych
The Daily Reflector

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Treats, teamwork, rock painting and more highlight a week of free local events hosted by the Martin-Pitt Partnership for Children that kicked off with “Music Monday.”

Dubbed the “Week of the Young Child,” and officially recognized by Gov. Roy Cooper and Greenville Mayor P.J. Connelly, the events feature themes aimed at building life skills and are aimed at children younger than 5. The goal ultimately is to bring families together and help children become successful at a young age. 

“We are incredibly excited that early childhood education is being celebrated on both a state and local level, and we have a ton of fun and educational events planned for young children and their families,” said Partnership Executive Director Jessica Burnham.

On Monday, Love Joy Music played its family-friendly tunes to about 20 kids at Boyd Lee Park in Winterville. Parents and children sang along as they learned about animal sounds and other fun topics. Families also learned about different ways in which they can get their kids involved musically and embrace the fun of song and dance at home. 

There were drums, shakers, tambourines and clothing props all focused on creating music together.

“It shows them the importance of music in our daily lives,” Amanda Parmelee, community outreach director, said. ”It was absolutely fantastic. It was a really great experience for us to be able share that with some families who may not otherwise have been able to experience that.”

Other themed days include “Tasty Tuesday,” “Work Together Wednesday,” “Artsy Thursday” and “Family Friday,” where the Martin-Pitt Partnership will work alongside the TEDI BEAR Children’s Advocacy center to host a training session on how to identify and prevent child sexual abuse. 

The themes are fun but also useful, Parmelee said. For example, while “Tasty Tuesday” will help families try food and drinks they may have never had before, it also will introduce them to healthy options. JuiceVibes is helping provide the nutritious treats while Panera Bread will donate a portion of its proceeds toward early childhood education this evening. 

But the fun is not just confined to the week. The 15th annual Martin County KidsFest will be held in Williamston, and a free screening of Moana will be shown at the Winterville Park at 332 Sylvania St. at 7 p.m. 

“This week is really just a great way for us to connect with families and early educators to be able to offer fun events and experiences for the families in our area,” Parmelee said.

For a full list of events visit the nonprofit’s website at http://www.mppfc.org 

Contact Brian Wudkwych at bwudkwych@reflector.com or 252-329-9567 and follow @brianwudkwych on Twitter.