When: November 14, 2015
Where: Jack the Dipper 170 East Sylva Shopping Center, Sylva, North Carolina 28779
Why: The Region A Partnership for Children is proud to partner with Western Carolina University and Jack the Dipper on the Third Annual Ice Cream Eating Contest. This benefit directly supports The Reading Rover, a cooperative project with Smart Start / Region A Partnership for Children and Fontana Regional Library. The Reading Rover is a mobile unit serving preschoolers and child care providers throughout Jackson, Macon and Swain counties and the Qualla Boundary with story times, teacher and parent workshops, teaching aids and parenting and family resources. The Rover is funded by Smart Start as well as by local library funds. Additional support comes from area Friends of the Library and civic groups, North Carolina Community Foundations and private donations.
Learn more: Jack the Dipper Ice Cream Shop in Sylva and the Fontana Library Reading Rover will treat families to a special afternoon of children’s activities and visits on the children’s book-mobile. Jack the Dipper will generously donate 10% of all purchases during the afternoon to the Reading Rover to keep the children’s library outreach program on the road.
The Fontana Reading Rover, sponsored by the Region A Partnership for Children/Smart Start and the Fontana Regional Library System, brings story time and library materials to children in child care centers in rural western North Carolina: Jackson, Macon and Swain Counties, and the Cherokee Indian Reservation. Since 1999, the Reading Rover Bookmobile has been a faithful friend to area preschoolers and their teachers. Through the Reading Rover (Rover) program, children in childcare centers have updated reading materials, puppets and literacy related tools in their classrooms every month. The Rover librarian also introduces new stories to the children in the classrooms each month to bring books to life for them so that reading becomes a joyful experience.
The Fontana Library System and Smart Start are committed to reaching children in child care every month through this innovative mobile book program but community funds are needed to support the costs for upkeep of the book-mobile, to purchase materials and to keep the program staffed.
Western Carolina University’s Center for Service Learning along with a number of representatives from Greek life, Residential Living, the Student Government Association, and other registered student organizations are being contacted to participate! Competitors will team up with Jack the Dipper in the afternoon of November 14th in hopes to raise more than $1,500 for the Rover.
Come out for some ice cream in the afternoon, and then cheer your favorite sorority or fraternity in the evening at Jack the Dipper as they help to keep the Reading Rover serving up sweet stories for young children. No charge for spectators. The ice cream fundraiser and competition will be held at Jack the Dipper Ice Cream Shop at 170 East Sylva Shopping Center – home of the Quinn Theater.
About Region A Partnership for Children
The Region A Partnership for Children administers North Carolina’s Smart Start and NC Pre-K initiatives in the seven westernmost counties of the state and on the Cherokee Indian Reservation. The overall goal of the Partnership is to ensure that all children arrive at school healthy and prepared to succeed.