Join us June 10, for Books N Baseball 2017 with the Bird Island Mudhens!

A FREE Baseball event for children ages 0-5 and parents! The Game is Saturday June 10. Arrive 5:20 PM, Reading will begin promptly at 5:30. Game starts at 6:05.

This special event is sponsored by the Bird Island Mudhens and the BOLD Early Childhood Initiative! Reading begins promptly at 5:30, followed by the baseball game, and children being allowed to run the bases! It’s A Free Event for BOLD area Families with pre-Kindergarten age kids.

 

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Early Childhood Welcome Kit created for New Area Families

We have created a special resource for new families that move to the Bird Island, Olivia, Lake Lillian area.  It includes a list of the area preschools, ECFE classes, libraries, child care providers, dental care, and community information.

It also has important information about the census and early childhood screening.  Area families can get the Early Childhood Welcome packet from their City Office, or they can download the PDF Version here.

Early Childhood Parent Packet

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Early Childhood Screening for Preschoolers

Important! Sign up for FREE Early Childhood Screening- It is required by the State of Minnesota for all children before they enter Kindergarten.

Nov 18 (8:30am-2:30pm) and Nov. 19 (8:30am-12pm)
Location: St. Aloysius Catholic Church
302 South 10th St
Olivia, MN

Sign up with Linda Brown for the Fall session or get added to our list for the Spring!
Call 320-365-3551

*United Way will be supplying Free Backpacks and supplies for children attending the screening. Please make sure you sign up!(We cannot take walk-ins)

Please share this with other parents with preschoolers!

Buy your Tickets Now for Books-n-Baseball with the Willmar Stingers!

A FREE Baseball event for children ages 0-5 and parents! The Game is Saturday June 7, 2014.  Be there by 12:15, reading starts at 12:30 and the game starts at 1:05.

This special event is sponsored by the Willmar Stingers and local Early Childhood Initiatives! Reading begins promptly at 2:30, followed by the baseball game, and children being allowed to run the bases!barry Willmar Stingers

Tickets for families in the BOLD area are available early May at the Bird Island, Olivia, and Lake Lillian libraries. Maximum of 4 tickets per family – or a combination of 1 parent and up to 3 kids, or 2 parents and up to 2 kids.

Food and beverage available for purchase at the concession stand.

Extra tickets for family members are available at the libraries for just $5 each.

For more information, contact Renae Saunders at A FREE Baseball event for children ages 0-5 and parents! The Game is Saturday June 7. Be there by 12:15, reading starts at 12:30, and the game starts at 1:05. 

This special event is sponsored by the Willmar Stingers and local Early Childhood Initiatives! Reading begins promptly at 12:30, followed by the baseball game, and children being allowed to run the bases!

Tickets for families in the BOLD area are available now at the Bird Island, Olivia, and Lake Lillian libraries. Maximum of 4 tickets per family – or a combination of 1 parent and up to 3 kids, or 2 parents and up to 2 kids. Kids ages 0-2 don’t need a ticket because they will sit on your lap.

If you pick up tickets but then your plans change, please return the tickets to the libraries so other families can attend the game. This is important as the Stingers do not want empty seats at the game.

Food and beverage available for purchase at the concession stand.

If you need additional tickets, the libraries will have them for sale for just $5 each.

For more information, contact Renae Saunders at renaes.boldeci@gmail.com or your local library. You can also ask a question here via our Facebook page. Hope to see you there!

Olivia Library: 523-1738
Bird Island Library: 365-4640
Lake Lillian Library: 664-4514 or your local library.

Olivia Library: 523-1738
Bird Island Library: 365-4640
Lake Lillian Library: 664-4514

Also, tell your friends you are going by Joining and Sharing the Facebook event here

What Give to the Max Day means to Us

The Willmar Stingers read to the kids before the baseball game. All the kids got free books to bring home too.

The Willmar Stingers read to the kids before the baseball game. All the kids got free books to bring home too.

Give to the Max Day is the largest fundraising day in Minnesota – – and it’s TODAY, November 14, 2013.  Give to the Max Day is an important day for the BOLD Early Childhood Initiative, and we kindly ask for your donation today (just click here). We have had four generous local banks challenge us to raise $1600 to earn their match for a total of $3200.  We can do a lot of awesome things for young children in our area when we have the cash and the people to do it!

Here are some projects the BOLD ECI has done:

  • The BOLD ECI has helped to fund 12 Changing tables in the Bird Island, Olivia, Lake Lillian area to benefit local families.
  • Children should get 30 minutes or more of reading time each day.  The BOLD ECI has helped to fund local literacy programs and donate hundreds of free books. 
  • 84 Kids came to the FREE Teddy Bear Band Event last February.  If your family loved this event, please donate today so we can make more memories (see photos).
  • 91 Kids came to our Bob the Beachcomber kick off concert in 2012 in their Hawaiian shirts. Parents loved the networking, Kids loved the dance and play (see photos.
  • The BOLD ECI has given out 200 tickets to Willmar Stingers games to families of young kids for the special Books-n-Baseball event where a Willmar Stinger player read aloud to the kids. Help us make this and other fun events a reality again! 
  • 50% of Minnesota kids are not ready for Kindergarten. The BOLD ECI want to decrease this number in our area.
  • The BOLD ECI is helping to sponsor the “1000 Books Before Kindergarten” program through the local libraries to increase literacy and earn stickers and toys. 
  • 50% of Minnesota kids are not ready for Kindergarten.  The BOLD ECI want to decrease this number in our area.
  • The BOLD ECI has offered each city of Bird Island, Olivia, and Lake Lillian a grant of $2000 (must be matched) for new playground equipment. Lake Lillian has already added new playground equipment with this matching grant, and Olivia and Bird Island are expect to in 2014.

Please consider a donation to the BOLD ECI today.  Our goal is to raise $1600 and earn the full match from the banks for a total of $3200, but we need your help! Thank you.

Click here to give –> http://bit.ly/giveboldeci

Give to the Max Day

New Park Equipment Added in Lake Lillian

We are thrilled to announce that this past summer, new park equipment was added to the Lake Lillian City Park, that is specific to kids ages 0-5.

The new park equipment includes:

  • A two seat buck-a-bout (like a teeter totter but they just bounce instead of going way up and down)
  • A triple shoot which kind of like a basketball hoop only its for little kids and has three “hoops”
  • A park bench as right now there is only one bench in the playground area.

Each city of Bird Island, Olivia, and Lake Lillian have the opportunity to be awarded a $2000 (must be matched) grant to upgrade or buy new playground equipment for their community. Lake Lillian has matched the grant, and we anticipate that Bird Island and Olivia will take advantage of these matching grant funds for playground equipment in 2014.

Take a look at the fun new playground equipment below!

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If you are interested in helping the BOLD ECI complete more great projects like this and others, we would be honored with your donation –  Please Click here.

Local Banks Challenge BOLD ECI to raise $3200 on Give to the Max Day!

Thank you from the BOLD ECIThe BOLD Early Childhood Initiative is gearing up for Give to the Max Day on November 14, 2013.  This is an awesome day for non-profits like us to raise funds for our cause, and build awareness on why the Bold ECI is so important to our community.

We are THRILLED to have four generous local banks donate a total of $1600!  So now our goal is to raise the challenge amount of $1600 for a total of $3200 for early childhood in the Bird Island, Olivia, Lake Lillian areas!

Thank you to these amazing local banks!

We appreciate their commitment to helping local families and our community financially through the BOLD ECI.

Be sure to tell these banks “THANK YOU” for their generous donations, next time your are there!

Want to help us reach our goal?  Make a donation on November 1-14th on the Give to the Max Website!

Tickets now Available for Books-n-Baseball with the Willmar Stingers!

Saturday, June 22, 2013 from 2:00 – 5:15

Books-n-Baseball is a FREE Baseball event for children who are ages 0-5 and parents!

This special event is sponsored by the Willmar Stingers and local Early Childhood Initiatives! Reading begins promptly at 2:30, followed by the baseball game, and children being allowed to run the bases!

Tickets for families in the BOLD area are available now at the Bird Island, Olivia, and Lake Lillian libraries. Maximum of 4 tickets per family – or a combination of 1 parent and up to 3 kids, or 2 parents and up to 2 kids. Kids ages 0-2 don’t need a ticket because they will sit on your lap.willmar stingers logo

If you pick up tickets but then your plans change, please return the tickets to the libraries so other families can attend the game. This is important as the Stingers do not want empty seats at the game.

Food and beverage available for purchase at the concession stand.

If you need additional tickets, The libraries won’t have any tickets for sale. The postcard attached to the free tickets from the library will have a phone number to call for additional tickets to be purchased in advance. The price on the tickets say $7.50.

For more information, contact Renae Saunders at renae.saunders@bold.k12.mn.us or 320-523-1031 x 3147 or your local library.

Tickets are NOW AVAILABLE at your local library!

Olivia Library: 523-1738

Bird Island Library: 365-4640

Lake Lillian Library: 664-4514

Don’t forget to goto Facebook Event and click JOIN and share it with your friends too!