PRESS PHOTOS BY KATYA HRICHAKAccording to Cops ‘n’ Kids Lehigh Valley President Beverly Bradley, a total of 639 students performed at the Cops ’n’ Kids Celebration of Reading…and the Arts and the Sciences event held at the Southside Northampton Community College campus April 28.
The parking lot in front of the Southside NCC campus was filled with families exploring tents filled with various activities, spanning disciplines from reading to sciences to arts.
Claire took a turn spinning the activity wheel at the Bethlehem Health table and upon completion of her selected activity, was given a pen and a choice of a free book.
Colin and Ava used crayons to color their own planets on paper plates while their mother supervised.
Kieren prepared to make his own piggy bank with the paper templates provided on the table.
Siblings [front row] Kieran, Ireland, Keegan, [second row] Abrielle, Jaden and McKayla enjoyed the Cops ‘n’ Kids event, stopping for a photo in front of the piggy bank-making station.
Gideon and Oliver took a turn building with Legos at the Lego station in one of the tents at the Cops ‘n’ Kids Celebration of Reading…and the Arts and Sciences event.
According to Cops ‘n’ Kids Lehigh Valley President Beverly Bradley, the Cops ‘n’ Kids literacy program has given out a total of 876,000 free books, and many stations at the April 28 continued to add to that number.
Students from Donegan ES performed songs from the Wizard of Oz, drawing a crowd of eager supporters. Bradley reports that every year, at least one student will compare the experience to being on Broadway.
Tents filled the parking lot in front of the Southside Northampton Community College campus, offering kids activities from an array of disciplines.
Volunteers invited kids to join them in parachute-related activities.
Celebrating literacy in the sun
Sunny weather and blue skies greeted the 12th annual Cops ‘n’ Kids Celebration of Reading…and the Arts and Sciences, held in the parking lot of Northampton Community College’s Southside campus April 28.
The lot was filled with tents and tables staffed with volunteers from 95 community groups, showcasing activities from various disciplines for kids to explore. Indoor venues hosted student performances by a total of 639 students, storytelling and cooking demonstrations.
“[This event is] so important because the kids get exposed to literature, the sciences, drama and the theatre and all of the arts, so with the performances and the big bands coming in, they see what their future has in store for them,” said Susan Stachowski, a Cops ‘n’ Kids volunteer of five years and an employee of Sands Bethlehem.
Most importantly to Cops ’n’ Kids Lehigh Valley President Beverly Bradley, the entirety of the event was cost-free.
“No child is left out of any of our events simply because we owe that to them to give them a dignity in who they are,” Bradley said. “The most important thing to me is that we get to see the children of our community in an environment where they can show off their talents and their skills, but they, in turn, get to work with people that are thoughtful and caring. … We’re celebrating literacy, we’re celebrating them, we’re celebrating all of these people who come together.”