LACONIA — Altrusa of Laconia's NH Family Literacy Day which was hosted in conjunction with the Granite State Reading Council took place on Saturday, April 12, at Woodland Heights Elementary School in Laconia.
Exhibits outside the school included two race cars, the Laconia D.A.R.E. police car, the Laconia Fire Departmentʼs large fire truck and the Laconia Fire Department ambulance. Smokey the Bear was with the fire department! Children asked questions, toured and were able to sit in the driverʼs seats. McAuliffe Shepard Discovery Center had a large solar telescope set up for viewing.
Inside the school, exhibits were set up featuring live macaws (a favorite), face painting, a bug display and interesting presentations and activities from the Squam Lakes Science Center, Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center, the NH Humane Society, Charlie Needs a Cloak, Let Go Your Mind (LEGO), NHTI Dental Hygiene students and the Bank of New Hampshire. Penny the Panda, Betty the Bokworm, The Tooth Fairy and Whiskers (the Woodland Heights Elementary School mascot) delighted the children. Healthy snacks were provided.
Free books were distributed at each exhibit. More than 175 children attended the event and took their new books home in a cloth book bag.