Based on the well-known children’s book by Laura Numeroff, "If You Take a Mouse to School," the parade attracted children dressed as their favorite characters from the book. Children and teachers pulled and pushed creative, colorful homemade parade floats inspired by the book. The North Carolina Forestry Service mascot, Smokey the Bear; and the North Carolina State Employee’s Credit Union mascot, Fat Cat, joined in the parade fun.
Prizes were awarded to Peachland-Polkton Elementary kindergarten for the “Best Costumes” and to Open Doors Center for Children for the “Best Parade Float.”
Scott Clontz of the Wadesboro Employment Security Commission, Catherine Crandell of the Anson Arts Council and Karen Baucom of the Anson County Domestic Violence Coalition served as parade judges.
Actors from the Tarradiddle Players of the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte joined in the parade prior to their morning performance of “If You Take a Mouse to School” in the newly renovated Ansonia Theatre. Each child attending the parade received a hard back copy of a Laura Numeroff book courtesy of the Anson County Partnership for Children and First Book National Book Bank. Safe Kids Anson Coalition distributed gun locks and information on firearm safety to parents and community members who attended the parade.
Anson County’s 160 More at Four children, their parents and their child care workers were invited to attend the morning performance of “If You Take a Mouse to School.” Every seat in the beautifully remodeled theatre was filled and every child was delighted by the hilarious antics of the Tarradiddle Players. That evening, 122 parents, children, child care providers and community members attended a special public performance of the play. Following the performance children and parents enjoyed light refreshments. Each child who attended the evening performance received their own copy of "If You Take a Mouse to School," as well as another Laura Numeroff book.
Both performances by the Tarradiddle Players were sponsored jointly by the Anson County Partnership for Children and the Anson County Arts Council.
The Week of the Young Child is a national celebration focusing attention on young children, their caregivers and the policies and funds which support young children. Anson County Partnership for Children would like to thank the all participating organizations, parents, child care providers and community members who made the 2011 Week of the Young Child events a success.