by Sarah Squires
From: Lezlea Dahlke
Winona Public Library
Flippin’ for Books Ninth Annual Literacy and Wellness Fair was a wonderful success thanks to all of the families and community members who spent the morning with us. We had record numbers of over 700 people attend at Winona Senior High School on Saturday, November 8, for storytelling, a free pancake breakfast, school readiness and literacy or health-related activities.
Thanks to donations from local businesses and organizations, we were able to give away a free book to each child who attended. Other local grocers graciously donated all items needed for the pancake breakfast. WSHS nutrition staff, Cindy Smith, and National Honor Society student volunteers prepared and served breakfast to almost 450 people.
WSU children’s literature students and Circle K members volunteered their time at the craft and activity tables. SMU student volunteers and local musician Amanda Grace kept kids moving and dancing in the gym. Winona Fire Department and Winona Ambulance Service provided the kids a peek into their lives (and vehicles) as community helpers. Individuals from over 25 community organizations and local businesses showcased their programs at resource booths, providing information to families on a variety of educational and wellness topics. What a fun, full morning!
We are proud to be a part of a community that comes together each year to support the early learning and health of its youngest citizens. Save the date for our 10th annual event on November 14, 2015.