PHOTOS: Storytime in the Park wraps up another successful chapter

The Teddy Bear Parade marches through Harrison Hot Springs Elementary during the final Storytime in the Park for the year. (Adam Louis/Observer)The Teddy Bear Parade marches through Harrison Hot Springs Elementary during the final Storytime in the Park for the year. (Adam Louis/Observer)
Teddy bears gather around during the teddy-themed Storytime in the Park on Wednesday, Aug. 24. (Adam Louis/Observer)Teddy bears gather around during the teddy-themed Storytime in the Park on Wednesday, Aug. 24. (Adam Louis/Observer)
Dozens of families attended the final Storytime in the Park of the year on Wednesday, Aug. 24 (Adam Louis/Observer)Dozens of families attended the final Storytime in the Park of the year on Wednesday, Aug. 24 (Adam Louis/Observer)
Chilliwack-Kent MLA Kelli Paddon reads “Teddy Bear of the Year” to a sizeable audience at Harrison Hot Springs Elementary. (Adam Louis/Observer)Chilliwack-Kent MLA Kelli Paddon reads “Teddy Bear of the Year” to a sizeable audience at Harrison Hot Springs Elementary. (Adam Louis/Observer)
Dozens of local families enjoyed Storytime in the Park this year. (Adam Louis/Observer)
Dozens of local families enjoyed Storytime in the Park this year. (Adam Louis/Observer)Dozens of local families enjoyed Storytime in the Park this year. (Adam Louis/Observer) Dozens of local families enjoyed Storytime in the Park this year. (Adam Louis/Observer)
Dozens of local families enjoyed Storytime in the Park this year. (Adam Louis/Observer)Dozens of local families enjoyed Storytime in the Park this year. (Adam Louis/Observer)
Dozens of local families enjoyed Storytime in the Park this year. (Adam Louis/Observer)Dozens of local families enjoyed Storytime in the Park this year. (Adam Louis/Observer)
Chilliwack-Kent MLA Kelli Paddon reads off a declaration, proclaiming September 2022 to be Literacy Month in Agassiz-Harrison. (Adam Louis/Observer)Chilliwack-Kent MLA Kelli Paddon reads off a declaration, proclaiming September 2022 to be Literacy Month in Agassiz-Harrison. (Adam Louis/Observer)
Volunteers with organizations such as Agassiz-Harrison Community Services are crucial to the success of Storytime in the Park every year. (Adam Louis/Observer)Volunteers with organizations such as Agassiz-Harrison Community Services are crucial to the success of Storytime in the Park every year. (Adam Louis/Observer)

A beloved, long-time tradition has come to a close for another year.

The final Storytime in the Park took place on Wednesday, Aug. 24. Chilliwack-Kent MLA Kelli Paddon – and her teddy bear, Dave – read “Teddy Bear of the Year” to a crowd of local families and their stuffy companions at Harrison Hot Springs Elementary. As per tradition, Paddon declared September to be Literacy Month, citing literacy as a crucial part of the quality of life in Canada and the modern world, an essential concept for children and an inspiration for lifelong learning.

“Community literacy programs are critical in increasing access, safety, and opportunity for all in a world that relies on literacy for a lot of everyday tasks,” Paddon stated. “I cannot stress enough how important these programs are to our communities, and I am so grateful that they are available to our friends, family, and neighbours here in Chilliwack-Kent.”

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Storytime was followed by a teddy bear parade, led by Paddon, to the tune of “Teddy Bear’s Picnic.”

Storytime in the Park returned to its traditional form this year, much to the delight of local families all across Agassiz-Harrison. Gone are the last two years of the condensed, drive-thru version of the time-honoured tradition; dozens of families gathered at parks across the area to listen to stories from special guests, a snack and entertainment from talented performers.


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