July 16, 2009 | Education
Go 4th and Learn Program Benefits From Verizon Foundation Participation
The Verizon Foundation continued its commitment towards education and literacy by participating in the City of Philadelphia's Welcome America! "Go 4th and Learn" program. "Go 4th and Learn" encourages children to engage in entertaining and informative activities and helps to enrich their minds during the long summer break.
This year over 100 children participated in this program and its multiple activities. "Go 4th and Learn" kicked off Monday June 29th with a story time session at Franklin Square where children enjoyed storytellers, face painting and interactive games. Also taking place this week was a bilingual Chinese story time at the Independence Branch of the Free Library as well as a trip to the University of Pennsylvania's Museum to view the exhibit entitled "Fulfilling a Prophecy: The Past and Present of the Lenape of Pennsylvania," a study of the regions first Americans.
"Go 4th and Learn creates a fun alternative for kids to expand their knowledge in an interactive and exciting way," said Mayor Michael Nutter. "And this year, with the return of support from the Verizon Foundation, we are able to give every single participating child a copy of Journey Around Philadelphia from A to Z, a fantastic hard-cover book by Martha Day Zschock."
The events concluded with, The Party on the Parkway on July 4th, where the learning youngsters and their families visited the children's interactive theater, enjoyed a fabulous programming line up from the Please Touch Museum, jammed at a kids' stage featuring Disney recording artists Joey Page and Ashlee Keating as well as teen sensations V Factory, participated in a "hands on" craft area, and took in a visit from animal friends at the Philadelphia Zoo.
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