“Today is about the homeschool local community and truly catering to them and offering them an prospect to get together and meet up with locals from this place,” reported Emerald Dennis, founder and director of Root & Arrow Homeschool Co-op in Holly Hill.
And what better way to do that than with a Teddy Bears’ Picnic, centered on the e book by Jimmy Kennedy.
On Tuesday, all-around 200 small children took to Gilmore Park – alongside with a couple teddy bears much too, of training course.
“’Teddy Bears’ Picnic’ is a ebook. A lot of people today go through this guide increasing up. The teddy bears all get together and they have a major picnic,” Dennis explained, “so all the young ones were being invited to provide their tiny teddy bears.”
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“We just launched our (homeschool) co-op in Holly Hill and this the major party we’ve opened up to the homeschool neighborhood. And it looks like we’ll do it future year way too,” she reported.
Children savored crafts, coloring contests and game titles.
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The Holly Hill Library held tale time in various intervals the place youth expert services librarian, Madison Thornley, study “Teddy Bears’ Picnic.”
Crosswind Farm Cellular Petting Zoo even experienced a cow that appeared like a bear there.
Her title is Mooana and her brown shaggy hair hangs above her eyes and her ears are fuzzy. The signature seem of the Scottish Highland breed.
Moona was there with her pals too: a donkey named Waffles, a dwarf goat named Rona, a llama named Dolly and a dairy cow named Otis.
10-yr-previous Lucia Travaglio of Holly Hill mentioned she enjoys all of the animals at the Teddy Bears’ Picnic.
“But I mainly like chickens because I have 31 of them,” she stated.
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Her mom, Catherine Travaglio, said, “It’s good. It is a incredibly good function.”
Amiah Burke, 18, of Summerville, volunteered at the teddy bear adoption table. Dozens of teddy bears have been offered for the getting by any boy or girl who made the decision to consider 1 dwelling with them.
“They enjoy it! The young children are owning enjoyment!” she said.
“They’re quite a lot all long gone,” she added, looking at the remaining teddy bears.
Her mother, Tricia Burke, is part of the homeschool co-op together with her youngsters.
“It’s great for the local community to come with each other and meet up with,” she mentioned.
One particular of her sons, Raylan Burke, 6, has a lung ailment, she explained.
She’d homeschooled her small children a number of years in the past, then enrolled her children in college for a whilst.
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But with the school shutdowns in the course of the top of the COVID-19 pandemic and concerns for her son’s overall health, “We determined to go with homeschooling. It is awesome to have homeschooling as an selection,” she mentioned.
“We’re here to make some homeschooling close friends and do anything we usually do not get to do on a weekday,” mentioned Samara Batt as she held her 23-thirty day period-old son Cason Batt, equally of Summerville.
Batt options to homeschool her son when he’s old sufficient.
Holly Hill homeschool parenting mentor Marea Parson claimed, “There are so lots of choices in Holly Hill for homeschoolers.”
“We utilised to go to Summerville for everything,” she mentioned.
Courtenay Middleton, who’s component of the Root & Arrow homeschooling co-op and lives in Holly Hill, explained Tuesday’s nice weather assisted make the Teddy Bears’ picnic satisfying far too.
“I’m stunned to see so quite a few people today,” she claimed.
The Teddy Bears’ Picnic also bundled a parade in the park and a lifestyle-size teddy bear.
“Beary good to meet you,” the bear reported.
Root & Arrow homeschool co-op hosts a month to month function for its users. May’s event was the Teddy Bears’ Picnic. Subsequent month, associates of the Root & Arrow homeschool co-op are invited to a pool occasion at the Holly Hill Country Club.
For more information and facts about Root & Arrow homeschool co-op and upcoming situations, take a look at their web page at www.rootandarrow.org.
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