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MPB’s free Summer Learning Family Fun Day set for June 30 at Jackson Convention Complex
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Winners of MPB Kids Club Writers Contest to be announced

JACKSON, Miss. – Free, family fun awaits children during Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s Summer Learning Family Fun Day set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 30 at the Jackson Convention Complex.

For five years, MPB has held the event to highlight National Summer Learning Day initiatives that keep kids learning and prevent academic loss while school is out.

“One way to combat that loss is to engage in events as a family while learning in fun ways, and MPB’s Summer Learning Family Fun Day presents the perfect opportunity to do just that,” said MPB’s Director of Early Childhood Education Shelia Brown-Robinson.

“Super Reader, Super Fun” is the theme of MPB’s event this year. Kids will get to meet PBS and MPB characters, such as Ed Said, The Cat in The Hat, Clifford and Arthur.

Families can expect hands-on learning activities, summer reading resources for parents, free books for kids, face painting, live shows and entertainment with Shawn Brown’s Super Fun Show.

The winners of MPB’s Kids Club Writers Contest will be announced. Several children from across the state in grades K-5 submitted their stories for the contest, which ended in April.

Participating vendors include Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi, which is also a sponsor; Mississippi Children’s Museum, Little Gym of Jackson, Mississippi Natural Science Museum, The Jackson Zoo, United Way of The Capital Area, Springboard to Opportunities and the Mississippi Association of Educators.

To support The Great American Read, a national PBS campaign underway encouraging people to fall in love with reading again, every vendor has chosen a book to highlight.

Last year, more than 2,000 kids participated in MPB’s Summer Learning Family Fun Day. Register for this free event at www.mpbonline.org/summerlearning/.

For more information on MPB visit, www.mpbonline.org. Find all MPB press releases here.

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