For Immediate Release
Contact: Robert Townes
Public Relations Specialist
Stepping Stones Museum for Children
203 899 0606, ext. 262
NORWALK ACTS AND STEPPING STONES MUSEUM FOR CHILDREN TAKE VISITORS ON A BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT ADVENTURE!
New Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Dr. Manuel J. Rivera headlines the September 5 Get Into It! FREE event
August 15, 2013, Norwalk, CT – New backpack? Check. New pencils, pens, notebooks, calculator and homework pad? Check. A fun, back-to-school night at Stepping Stones filled with innovative school readiness and enrichment programs for children and parents with some of Norwalk’s most important community leaders? Check!
Back to school is a major milestone for children and parents. It’s the beginning of the new school year and an exciting and important time to prepare for your child’s success. This year is also significant for the Norwalk Public School District as new superintendent, Dr. Manuel J. Rivera, prepares to welcome students and parents back to school for the first time. Join Norwalk ACTS member organizations, Dr. Rivera, State Senator Bob Duff, local children’s book author Ryan SanAngelo and many more special guests at Stepping Stones on Thursday, September 5 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm in a salute to students of all ages, parents and educators at this one-of-a-kind, back to school celebration. Meet Dr. Rivera as he conducts a story time with Stepping Stones visitors. Meet Norwalk ACTS members and learn about the outstanding community resources available for children and parents that can help prepare children for school.
- Listen to story times led by special guest readers and meet local authors (including a Spanish-language story time led by Dr. Reese Morales of the Norwalk Public Schools)
- Pick up free giveaway items
- Receive a free book from Norwalk Reads!
- Purchase discounted dinner in the museum cafe
A special thanks to goes out to Norwalk Reads!, National Legacy Group and GE Capital for their important donations in support of the Norwalk ACTS Back to School Night.
Get Into It! FREE is an important component of Stepping Stones Museum for Children’s Open Arms initiative. Open Arms makes it possible for every child, family and school to enjoy the museum’s exhibits, gallery activities and themed events regardless of financial, language or special needs barriers. Reaching more than 65,000 children, caregivers and teachers throughout the region this year, the program offers monthly Get Into It! FREE evenings, parent workshops, free traveling exhibits for schools and numerous other educational, informational and learning experiences to inspire lifelong learning.
ABOUT STEPPING STONES MUSUEM FOR CHILDREN
Stepping Stones Museum for Children is an award-winning, private, non-profit 501 (c)(3) children’s museum committed to broadening and enriching the lives of children and families. Stepping Stones Museum for Children is located at 303 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT, exit 14 North and 15 South off I-95. Museum hours are: Labor Day through Memorial Day, Tuesday—Sunday and select holiday Mondays from 10 am-5pm; and Memorial Day through Labor Day, Monday-Sunday from 10 am-5 pm. Admission is $15 for adults and children and $10 for seniors. Children under 1 are free. For more information about Stepping Stones, to book a field trip or schedule a class, workshop or facility rental call 203-899-0606 or visit www.steppingstonesmuseum.org.
About Norwalk ACTS
Norwalk ACTS is a collaborative, innovative and effective support network of community leaders and organizations with a common mission to actively and directly improve the lives and futures of Norwalk children and youth. Norwalk ACTS proactively identifies and resolves issues that may impede or prevent a child’s ability to grow up healthy and successful at school and in the community. Norwalk ACTS is a member of the Strive Cradle to Career Network, which is nationally renowned for its proven ability to help communities build a civic infrastructure that supports children and their educational success through the learning continuum.
Norwalk ACTS Member Organizations
The Carver Foundation of Norwalk, Inc.• Child Guidance Center of Fairfield County • City of Norwalk: Department of Health, Department of Youth Services, Mayor’s Office & City Clerk, Common Council • Day Street Community Health Center • East Norwalk Public Library • Fairfield County Community Foundation • Family and Children’s Agency • GE Capital Americas • Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce • Human Services Council • innovativeKids • The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People • Norwalk Childhood Obesity Prevention Committee • Norwalk Children’s Foundation • Norwalk Coalition for Urban Youth Initiatives • The Norwalk Collaborative for Youth Success • Norwalk Community College: Early Childhood Education Program, Lifetime Learners Institute, School and Community Partnerships • Norwalk Community Health Center • Norwalk Corporate Citizenship Alliance • Norwalk Early Childhood Council • Norwalk Early Childhood Office • Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now, Inc. • Norwalk Education Foundation • Norwalk Healthy Families Collaborative • Norwalk Hospital • Norwalk Housing Authority • Norwalk Public Library System • Norwalk Public School District: Norwalk Association of School Administrators, Norwalk Board of Education, Norwalk Federation of Teachers, Instructional Specialist ELL, Literacy Specialist, Testing/Assessment, Norwalk Parent Teacher Organization Council, Pupil Services • Norwalk Reads • Norwalk YMCA • Parent Leadership Training Institute • Pepperidge Farm, Inc. • Person to Person • RSVP of Southwest Connecticut • Silvermine Arts Center • Stepping Stones Museum for Children • United Way of Coastal Fairfield County