Our visit to the communities of Okotoks, Black Diamond, and High River was coordinated by Literacy for Life. In each of the communities activities were set up in an indoor venue for families to come and enjoy.
At the Triplex in Okotoks, the activities were set up in the main lobby. This event was part of the United Way “Bank Day of Caring”, and volunteers from all three of the banks in town donated their time to come and help with the activities. Many of the families coming to the Triplex to skate and swim stayed to participate in stories, crafts and games, both in the facility and on the bus.
In Black Diamond, we set up at the Boys and Girls Club. Many families who had visited the bus on a previous trip to this community returned for a second visit and shared with us how they were using the activities they had learned with their families. A school bus was hired to transport families from Turner Valley to Black Diamond so that they could also visit C.O.W. bus.
Our final day was spent in High River. Four community groups were involved in setting up four different children’s venues; the library, the museum, the Parent Link Centre and the C.O.W. bus. Families were given a passport and moved from one activity to the next. A horse and wagon were on hand to transport families. In spite of the cold snowy weather parents and children bundled up and came out to enjoy the day.
Thanks to everyone involved in the three days of events.