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DRESS LIKE A PIRATE DAY - Health, Safety, & Literacy Fair

Posted on March 17, 2014 at 7:35 AM

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A Health, Safety, and Literacy Fair is set for March 21, 2014. This free event starts at 8:00 a.m. inside Lighthouse Library where families may register their children for the BIKE RODEO. There are four new bikes to give away in a drawing. Children who participate will receive a new bike helmet. They will learn bike safety rules and receive a lot of safety tips for riding a bike. The Rodeo will take place in the Dexter City Park in the fenced in court. The Rodeo will start at 10:00 a.m.

Literacy groups will begin at 9:00 a.m. The groups will be divided up into different age groups where children will have activities and receive a free book. The books have an ocean theme or are about Pirates. The reading groups will take place upstairs in the computer lab at Lighthouse Library and in the children’s section in the library. Participants will receive Pirate Gear such as temporary tattoos, stickers, Pirate hats, and Pirate eye patches.

There will be booths inside the library with lots of interesting stops. These will be open all morning during the event but will be featured from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. There will be a blood pressure booth where medical staff will offer free blood pressure checks. There will be other health kits available. There will also be booths that have “freebies” such as book marks, pens, candy, bumper stickers, and more.


Although this is not an Open House for ECCRC and Lighthouse Library, attendees are welcome to tour the site to see the lighthouse in the courtyard and the saltwater aquarium. They may look in the cabin – the Grouse Valley Lodge – on the site. The Treasure Chest Thrift Store is not open and still stores the huge book collection for the library. The books will start to be moved into the library after the health fair.

A free community meal of hamburgers and hot dogs, baked beans, chips, drinks, and cookies will be served from 11:00 a.m. until noon. The meat products were donated by Creekstone and the other food items were provided by ECCRC and by other people in the community. The meal will be served on the ground in the back where a huge community deck is located. People may also eat at picnic tables on the site or across the street in the Dexter City Park.

ECCRC is a member of the Kansas Food Bank and have a community food pantry on the site. Many other programs are offered at ECCRC such as a GED Prep Program, Computer workshops, many children and youth literacy groups, Robotics for kids, Friday study groups, and more. The 21,000 book collection for the library should be in place by the early June with many fun summer reading programs planned for the summer of 2014. An example is a summer family Luau which is planned for June 7, 2014 where families may enjoy a day camp. Children will spend the day doing reading activities with parents and community members joining them at sundown for a children’s movie about Nemo. An adult movie about the Ocean will be viewed right at sundown on the Oceanfront Cinema screen at the library site. The luau will be served at 7:00 p.m. in the courtyard at Lighthouse Library. Tickets for the event may be secured by contacting ECCRC.

For more information about the Health, Safety, and Literacy Fair or about Lighthouse Library, you may e-mail ECCRC at eccresourcecenter@yahoo.com or call (620) 876-7323. ECCRC is a 501(c) (3) that was founded in 2003. ECCRC has a focus on reading and computer literacy.

Lighthouse Library was built by volunteers over the past five years. It is a literacy project of ECCRC. We look forward to serving the community in the years ahead. We are seeking volunteers to help keep the doors open at the library and to help set up the Treasure Chest Thrift Store. The store is one of two sustaining projects for ECCRC with proceeds going to help support ECCRC programs. The Grouse Valley Lodge, a cabin on the site, is the other sustaining projects. The suggested donation for the cabin is $45 per night. It has a kitchen and a loft with extra sleeping area. Guests have been enjoying the peaceful setting of the cabin. The cabin comes with a free family swim pass for guests. Families who stay may also enjoy the summer movies which are planned for Fridays. To book the cabin, go to Flipkey at: http://www.flipkey.com/ or you may e-mail ECCRC.

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