Vavenby youngsters prepare for Valentine’s Day

The Strong Start program at Vavenby Primary School held its Valentine’s Day celebration on Wednesday, Feb. 12

Strong Start children and adults make Valentine cards.

Strong Start children and adults make Valentine cards.

The Strong Start program at the Vavenby Primary School held its Valentine’s Day celebration on Wednesday, Feb. 12. The Mother Goose facilitator – Linda Brown – was also present.

For a craft the children made Valentine cards for their parents. Then they went to the library to sing songs with Ms. Linda.

There was a special treat for snack time. Ms. Amy – leader of Strong Start – had melted chocolate for the children to dip their pieces of fresh fruit in. Later heart-shaped cookies were handed out for everyone to decorate.

After snack time everyone headed back to the library to hear Ms. Linda read Clifford’s First Valentine’s Day and to sing more action songs. All the children liked to participate in the singing with their parents/guardians.

After story time there was some free time and then it was off to the gym. This is a time when many of the kids get rid of a bit of that excess energy. Some of the children handed out Valentine cards or treats to the others.

Before everyone went home Ms. Amy gave all of her participants a gift bag that included a book.

Watching the children interact in the Strong Start program one can see the benefits to them. They are having to learn to share – one of the harder lessons for some – and to sit still to listen during story time. The children are learning to clean up after themselves and to clean the area after snack time and craft time. This is a job they all like to do. It is also beneficial to the parents as it gets them out of the house and gives them some social time with others. The program is available to all children from 0 – 5 years old every Wednesday at Vavenby Primary School, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

The primary students celebrated Valentine’s Day on Friday, Feb. 14. They made Valentine crafts. Some parents brought healthy goodies for everyone. A class list had been handed out previously so that families interested in handing out cards would know student names.

Pros and cons of cold weather

This cold weather we have been experiencing has been great for keeping the outdoor skating rink frozen. It is still being used a lot.


On the downside, however, several homes have frozen. It has taken a lot of work to thaw the pipes and have running water again.