BCFS Health and Human Services hosts literacy event for Harlingen families
BCFS Health and Human Services’ Project HOPES program welcomed more than 60 children and parents from across Harlingen in the Rio Grande Valley for a children’s literacy event at the Los Vecinos Apartments on Friday, January 29.
The free event featured readings from several children’s books, face painting, and a hands-on crafts making workshop. Members of the Harlingen Police Department led story time and Harlingen Police’s CyberCop posed for photos with the kids. At the end of the event, families received gift bags for their participation and were encouraged to take books home to share in the joy of reading with their youngsters.
“Reading time between parents and their children not only strengthens the parent-child bond, but also helps children achieve educational benchmarks,” says Jeff Wolpers, BCFS Director – Community Services. “We want to help grow healthy, stable families, and our literacy events remind parents about fun and creative ways to interact with their child and inspire a love of reading.”
Project HOPES is a community-based program for families with children five years old and younger that provides parenting education, support groups and counseling to help families overcome a variety of challenges. The program serves families in Cameron County and is funded by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. For more information about BCFS’ work in Harlingen, call (956) 230-3849 or visit DiscoverBCFS.net/HOPES.