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StrongStart hosts year-end party in Quesnel

A celebration was recently held in LeBourdais Park

A free parent participation play and learning program for toddlers and preschool children in the North Cariboo held a year-end wrap-up party at Quesnel’s LeBourdais Park on Friday, June 17.

Children attending StrongStart Centres sponsored by School District 28 were joined by their families and early childhood educators for an array of activities, including a firetruck, bubble machine, parachute game, wall painting and obstacle course.

Snacks including watermelon, yogurt and Timbits were also available.

“Normally, our snacks are very healthy at our StrongStart programs, but it’s a party, so we had to have something sweet,” said StrongStart educator Patty Apps. “We haven’t had one for two years.”

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Apps is one of four early childhood educators who provide play-based learning activities, including stories, music and art at StrongStart Centres located in the Quesnel area at Barlow Creek Elementary, Bouchie Lake Elementary, Dragon Lake Elementary and the old Barker Elementary.

StrongStart was launched by the BC Government’s Ministry of Education in 2007, and since its inception Apps has been helping prepare children for success in Kindergarten.

She has been working with early learners for 42 years.

“I just love being with the children, and it’s so much fun and using my skills,” Apps said. “I might be ready for retirement, but I”m still doing it, the love of my life.”

StrongStart programs will resume in September. To register your child, contact one of the StrongStart Centres or School District 28.

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