Laura Quinn Graham, second left, executive director of Family Place, and Lori Clark, Family Place prenatal nutritionist receive a $1,000 donation from Summerside Chrysler Dodge in support of Family Place’sfundraising event ‘P.E.I. Touch a Truck.’ Making the donation are (from left) Warren Ellis, owner of Summerside Chrysler Dodge, Brody Ellis and Josh Ellis of the dealership. Mike Carson/Journal Pioneer
SUMMERSIDE – Family Place, a charity that provides programs for young families with children, will be holding its inaugural fundraising event at Slemon Park on May 25.
The fundraiser is called ‘P.E.I. Touch a Truck’ and is a family friendly event that allows children and guests to see, touch and learn about a variety of vehicles and how they operate.
Over 40 trucks will be available including fire trucks, police cruisers, farm equipment cement trucks and more. There will also be face painting, food and entertainment.
“It’s our annual fundraiser and all proceeds go to our literacy programs,” said Laura Quinn Graham, Family Place executive director. “Children can come with their families and touch trucks. Kids love trucks. It’s educational. It’s fun and it supports a worthy cause.”
Quinn Graham said Family Place not only provides programs for young families with children, but also mothers who are expecting and children up to the age of six years old.
“Our programs are free of charge,” she said. “We have prenatal, postnatal, breastfeeding, parenting programs. We do a hospital literacy program where you get a baby book bag full of information about how important it is to read to your children from birth on. And, there’s a baby board book in it as well. We also have prekindergarten and junior pre-kindergarten, which is Reggio-Inspired, a world-renowned program and, we subsidize one-third of those spaces.”
The Reggio-Inspired approach integrates nature into the curriculum so the child learns to appreciate the physical and structural environment. It works on the belief children have an enormous potential and curiosity and strive to understand the world, making their own theories to explain how it functions. Under the program, children's knowledge needs to be brought out using their natural curiosity and not filled in.
“In the run of a year we’ll reach about 500 families,” Quinn Graham said. “Our focus is East Prince County. In addition to being a fundraiser, it’s also building awareness about the programs and services so that folks that may not have heard of Family Place, or are newcomers to the Island, will come. We’ll have a booth and provide them with information and they can register for the programs that are there.”
The fundraiser is set for Sunday, May 25, from 1 to 4 p.m. on Cannon Drive at Slemon Park. Admission is $5 and infants are free. For more information call Family Place at 436-1348 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.