Communities Island-wide are planning to mark National Child Day.
National Child Day is typically celebrated on November 20, but since the day falls on a Sunday this year, celebrations are saved for Monday. National Child Day celebrates the rights of children including the rights to good health, good education, protection from harm, to be proud of their heritage and beliefs, and to be included – whatever their abilities.
“Ensuring the best support we can for our children is the key to developing the next generation of leaders and contributing citizens of our province,” Education, Early Learning and Culture Minister Doug Currie said. “Congratulations to the Early Childhood Development Association for organizing so many great activities to celebrate this important day.”
Here are some of the celebrations planned:
• The Charlottetown National Child Day parade will leave from the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel at 10 a.m. Children will parade up Kent Street, turn right onto Great George Street, and end at Province House. More than 450 children will participate in this parade, which will be marshaled by Minister Currie.
• MLA Chris Palmer will marshal the Summerside parade, which leaves at the corner of Church Street and Central Street at 10 a.m., turning left on to Water Street, left on to Summer Street and left again on to Church Street, ending at the corner of Church and Central Street. More than 200 children will participate in this parade.
• Other celebrations are being planned in the community of Tignish at Centre L’Arc-en-ciel, which will have their own parade through the halls of the building, with a special treat of cookies to end the march.
• Holland College Early Learning Centre faculty will decorate their doors to celebrate the day and children will parade throughout the college.
• Children in Tyne Valley Play School will parade through the town.
“The success of these events is credited to the support of families and participation of so many child care centers,” said Sonya Hooper, executive director for the PEI Early Childhood Development Association. “Early childhood educators work in partnership with families and community every day, but National Child Day heightens awareness of our joint responsibility to ensure children’s rights, health, safety, and freedoms.”