StoryWalk Brings Magic of Holiday Favorite Alive for Winter Wonderfest Readers

Visitors to Bucyrus’ Winter Wonderfest on Saturday, December 7 participated in the Holiday StoryWalk sponsored by United Way’s Kindergarten Collaborative and coordinated with the help of Bucyrus Public Library.

Readers followed StoryWalk Maps through downtown Bucyrus, stopping at local businesses where they read through the pages of holiday favorite, The Polar Express. Volunteer conductors at each stop marked the maps of participants, and the maps were redeemed at the final stop – Bucyrus Public Library – for a special gift. More than 50 participants, including parents and grandparents, were treated to cocoa and cookies at the library after completing the StoryWalk.

Thank you to the generous local businesses who helped host the Holiday StoryWalk, displaying pages from the book and welcoming readers with great holiday cheer! Stops on this year’s storywalk included:

  • Bucyrus Bratwurst Festival office
  • Castle Auction & Appraisal
  • Furner’s Floor Covering
  • American Shoe Service
  • Family Video
  • AT&T
  • Small City Thrift
  • Bucyrus Tourism & Visitors Bureau
  • Bucyrus Public Library

United Way’s Kindergarten Readiness Collaborative Sponsors Holiday Mobile Learning Experience

Data suggests that 19.7% of Crawford County students demonstrate kindergarten readiness skills. The Kindergarten Readiness Collaborative is a coalition of agencies working to reduce the deficit in childcare and other programs that prepare our children for school, in order to mitigate the lasting effects of this school readiness gap in our community. This collaborative effort is funded by the Robert and Esther Black Family Foundation Fund of the Richland County Foundation.

What is a StoryWalk?

StoryWalk® is a literacy and physical activity tool that engages community members in reading children’s books in unique environments. StoryWalk is a series of signs featuring sequential spreads from a children’s picture book. Those signs or pages are spread through indoor or outdoor spaces in all seasons, allowing a reader to follow along with a story by walking.

The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson and developed in cooperation with the Kellogg Hubbard Library and the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition.