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SMART Start Brings Dr. Seuss to Family Fun Day

By: Cheryl Thurston

Bladen SMART Start hosted a Family Fun Day on Saturday, March 21, at the SMART Start Center in Elizabethtown, and presented “A Family Voyage with Dr. Seuss” to youngsters and their parents, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. This event also served as a “Raising A Reader” Parent Workshop.

Executive Director, Lillian Bryant, and her staff, decorated the center with images of characters from all the most popular Dr. Seuss books, and a Story Time appearance was made by The Cat in the Hat, who read aloud, “Oh, The Places You Will Go” to those in attendance.

The children (and their families) participated in colorful crafts and shared activities, followed by a nice lunch. There were around 75 people registered for this event, and each child received the gift of a literacy package that included activity books for coloring, reading, writing, identifying words and letters activities, and crafts.

Saturday’s event was geared toward children between the ages of 0-5, but those children aged 5-8 seemed to enjoy it as much as everyone else.

SMART Start is an anagram meaning: Science – Math – Art – Readiness – Training and is part of the STEM program. (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) The local SMART Start in Elizabethtown was started about 1 year ago, and is flourishing with many community volunteers, but they can always use more. If you have an interest in promoting the education of the next generation, please stop by and see the facility, located at 228-B West Broad Street.

For more information email, Shelba Hemingway at, or Ingrid Johnson,, or call 910-862-3335(Email is Preferred)

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