Special Thank You from Cambridge Family Literacy Collaborative


The Cambridge Family Literacy Collaborative would like to thank all of the families, volunteers, organizations and sponsors who participated in our 13th Annual Family Literacy Fun Day on Saturday, November 14. 

Despite the rain, 500 people came to participate in many different literacy-based activities and enjoyed performances by Lucy Stroock and Mark White as well as Bonaparte, the Magician.  Children were welcomed by Bamboo the Panda and Spot the Dog as they arrived at City Hall, and left with wacky hats, painted faces, art projects and a free book. The event was organized by the Agenda for Children Literacy Initiative, Cambridge Public Library, Cambridge Public Schools-Title 1 Program, Center for Families, Child Care Resource Center, Community Learning Center, Early Childhood Connections/Cambridge Community Partnerships for Children, and Parents Forum. 

We would like to extend a special thank you to those who kicked off the morning with a rousing read-aloud in the Mayor’s office.  Readers included: Ellen Semonoff, Assistant City Manager for Human Services; Superintendent of Schools Jeff Young; Carolyn Turk, Deputy Superintendent; Claude Jacob, Chief Public Health Officer; Police Commissioner Robert Haas; and Susan Flannery, Director of Libraries.  We would also like to thank all of the local businesses and organizations that helped make Family Literacy Fun Day possible, including ABC Pizza, Food for Free, Harvest Co-op, Henry Bear’s Park, Lesley University, People Make a Difference, Rotary Club, Starbucks, and Whole Foods.

We know family literacy is important to everyone in our city, and we thank the City Manager’s Office, the Department of Public Works, and the Department of Human Service Programs for allowing us to use both Cambridge City Hall and the Cambridge Citywide Senior Center.  We extend a heart-felt thank you to those who made Family Literacy Fun Day possible and hope to see you all again next year! 

-Randi Epstein, on behalf of the Cambridge Family Literacy Collaborative

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