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Diversity in STEM Outreach Project Corporation is a proud partner of the Mayor’s Summer Reading Program (MSRC) to encourage literacy over summer months. This program designates a city-wide book choice for infants, children ages 2-4 and children 5-8 to share with families at no cost to them.  All summer month long various organizations and partners host “book club reads” where children enjoy fun hands on activities. A few of the activities include: arts and crafts, animated journaling, drama exercises, and so much more.

This event is in collaboration with City of Atlanta, The Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS), PNC, the United Way, and a host of public-private partnerships.

Sarah Flesher with MSRC with Niakesha Woodley Executive Director Diversity in Stem Outreach Project

Sarah Flesher with MSRC with Niakesha Woodley Executive Director Diversity in Stem Outreach Project

Vett Vandiver Communications Mgr with GEEARS with Niakesha Woodley Executive Director Diversity in STEM Outreach Project

Vett Vandiver Communications Mgr with GEEARS with Niakesha Woodley Executive Director Diversity in STEM Outreach Project

Family Narratives Project at the Emory University Center for the Study of Myth and Ritual in American Life was the theme for this year’s Mayor’s Summer Reading Club. The importance of telling and sharing family stories  continue to show great benefits in the development of our children. Adults are encouraged to share their experiences of overcoming adversity with their children. Just think about the many life lessons we’re able to provide our children just from these conversation.

On Saturday June 4, 2016 our organization attended the MSRC Kick Off Event held at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta. It was a great opportunity to meet other partners, families, and community leaders eager to promote literacy over the summer months.

Amari's Blue Ribbon Book read at MSRC

Amari’s Blue Ribbon Book read at MSRC

First Lady Sarah-Elizabeth L. Reed lead storytelling of the book Amari’s Blue Ribbon book an amazing story that will warm your heart.

First Lady Sarah Elizabeth L. Reed reads Amari Blue Ribbon at MSRC Kick off event

First Lady Sarah Elizabeth L. Reed reads Amari Blue Ribbon at MSRC Kick off event

Executive Director Diversity in STEM Outreach Project with First Lady Sarah Elizabeth L. Reed.

Executive Director Diversity in STEM Outreach Project with First Lady Sarah Elizabeth L. Reed.

Attendees got a chance to enjoy the amazing facility at Children’s Museum of Atlanta. They recently went through a major renovation. This facility is an incredible place for every child to be creative and to explore science while embracing the beauty they both bring together.

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MSRC Kickoff Event

MSRC Kickoff Event

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Another favorite activity amongst the kids was to watch and participate in a live science experiment. We just love to hear the kids scream WOWWWW after seeing a great science experiment!

science experiment learning about liquids and gases.

science experiment learning about liquids and gases.

The Museum science instructor was very interactive with the kids. The kids were very curious to see how the liquid was going to change into gas. Learning happens best when kids are actively engaged in the activity. We must continue to expose our children inside the classroom AND outside of the classroom. We must also ask questions and allow our children to explore their curiosity.

Science experiment turning liquid to gas.

Science experiment learning about circuits.

The next experiment the students took two wires, two play dough and LED to make a circuit. During this experiment the students learned about electricity. I loved the engagement with the students during this activity. Children are naturally smart. As parents and community leaders we must continue to provide them with the tools and resources so they can blossom into their greatness.

Learning about circuits and electricity.

Learning about circuits and electricity.

The children also had an opportunity to show their creative side in the art studio.

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Kids loved making their own capes. They wore it proudly sharing their art designs made inside the art studio at Children’s Museum of Atlanta.

There were so many activities scheduled for families to enjoy. To learn more about how you can support literacy and the Mayor’s Summer Reading Club visit their website www.mayorsreadingclub.org

We believe parental support is critical for the success of early readers.

Our nonprofit believe literacy is the key ingredient to be successful in any career especially STEM. To learn more about our nonprofit and our STEM outreach initiatives be sure to join our mailing list www.StemOutreachProject.org

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