Since the BOLD ECI Started in May of 2011, we have worked on many great projects and events! Here are some of them:
Playground Grants – Each city of Bird Island, Olivia, and Lake Lillian was awarded a $2000 (must be matched) grant to upgrade or buy new playground equipment for their community. Park Equipment has been added to the Lake Lillian park in the summer of 2013. The Olivia and Bird Island parks were updated in Spring/Summer of 2014
Child Advocacy (ongoing) – We are looking for ideas to promote child advocacy issues for your youngest community members. We want to help educate school administration, community members, and parents and child care providers on child advocacy.
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten (ongoing, launched February 2013) – Kids can sign up to this program with their parents at their local library to earn stickers and a graduation party. Each time you read a book with your child, write it in the log, and after one page is complete, kids come in for a sticker.
Free Teddy Bear Band Concert for Families (Spring 2013)- Over 65 families, and 82 kids brought their Teddy Bears and jammed out to some Teddy Bear Band tunes. Then they got to “Run and Play” in the small gym with all the other kids. There was also a book swap and mini-resource fair.
Changing Tables Initiative (2012) – We worked with local businesses, organization and churches to cost-share the purchase and installation of 12 baby changing stations around the BOLD area so that parents would have better accommodations.
Books-n-Baseball (summer of 2012, 2013, 2014) – Families got up to 4 free tickets to see the Willmar Stingers play baseball. They also received a free book, and a got to read a book with the group on the field. The kids even got to run bases! We are planning on doing this event again in 2013 (details here).
Tubs of Fun (Summer of 2012) – We set up sensory tubs and games and each of the local Bird Island, Olivia, Lake Lillian city celebrations. It was a great opportunity to let kids play and talk with parents about what the BOLD ECI is all about. We are planning on doing this again in 2013 (details here).
Free Bob the Beachcomber Spring Concert for Families (Spring 2012) – After the beach/hawaiian themed concert, kids go to go for a swim with Mom and Dad, or goto the small gym to Run and Play.