Franklin High School's small animal agricultural class is teaming up with Read2Me and the Macon County Public Library to host a fairy tale petting zoo for preschool aged children.
Parents will be attending a class presented by members of the Western Mountain Reading Council on how to increase their child’s vocabulary and instill in them a love of books. The parents will also receive a book called Extraordinary Parent and a binder of activities to use at home with their children. The parent’s class will be available in both English and Spanish.
While parents will have an opportunity to take part in learning the importance of raising a reader, library staff will treat children to a fairy tale themed story time that will be followed by a magical art and craft project for all the little princes and princesses. Read2Me’s Ralph the Reading Dog will also be at the event to sit with children and listen to fairy tales.
After completing a work of art fit for a king, children will get to take part in a petting zoo which will have Mary's little lamb, one of the three little pigs, a horse, a goat, chickens, a guinea pig, and rabbits. FHS students will teach children the proper way to safely handle the animals and answer questions about each furry friend.
The Macon County Humane Society will also be onsite with Puss in Boots and his furry friends for children to enjoy. The pets from the humane society will also be up for adoption.
In addition to the free materials parents will receive, each child attending will receive a free book from Read2Me and light snacks will be provided to the children. "In addition to having a great time with fairy tales and storybook animals, parents can sign their children up for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library,” said Diane Cotton, member of Read2Me. “Read2Me and The Literacy Council of Highlands are working to get every preschool child enrolled to receive a free book in the mail each month. It would thrill me to know that every child under five in Macon County is receiving this priceless resource."
The event is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. until noon.