March kicked off with Singing with Seniors and our second Crafting for a Cause with Monica + Andy. As always the energetic Miss Lindsey from Bee-Boppers music and our little ones entertained the seniors with fun songs and spirited dance moves. Our craft this month was a St. Patrick’s Day good luck charm with a $20 Walgreens gift card and homemade earrings (made by 8 year-old Stella). The Night Ministry Pregnant and Parenting program (RAPP) received the little gifts of luck!
We ended the month with over 100 moms, dads, and tots gathering at Bubbles Academy to support VOCEL Early Learning Center and literacy for all! In partnership with Bubbles Academy, we hosted a Community Book Drive and Read Together Read-a-thon. Bubbles was transformed into a reading oasis with comfy beanbags, blankets, story stations, story times, and favorite books galore.
Through book and monetary donations, we created a lending library for VOCEL students. Local celebrities including Tanja Babich from ABC 7 Chicago, Nili Yelin, The Storybook Mom, Roopa Weber, author of Messy Penny and Kelly Holden, author of A Short Book on Time all joined in the fun!