Friday, December 7, 2007

Family Fun Night

Tonight I participated in a local community literacy event for preschool and school-age children. As the featured guest speaker at the South Boston Neighborhood House Family Fun Night, I had the chance to talk to families and children about my role as Ms. Wheelchair America and about the different types of disabilities people have.

Family Fun Night is a monthly event held to promote literacy within families. Every child is given a book to take home, and parents are encouraged to read to their kids on a regular basis.
I had the opportunity to read to some of the kids from the charming children's book, Zoom, by Robert Munsch.

The book tells the story of a little girl named Lauretta who is tired of her "ratty old wheelchair" and finds a shiny new one that goes 92 miles per hour. Lauretta's mother doesn't want her to go so fast, but changes her mind when Lauretta saves the day by getting her brother to the hospital in record time with her new wheelchair.

Zoom portrays children with disabilities as spirited, resourceful, and happy - a wonderful message for today's youth.