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Readers in Motion hosted its first VIRTUAL parent engagement event this February in collaboration with Bricks 4 Kidz. Our family events have become quite a staple, engaging our K-1 students, their siblings and even parents in various creative STEM activities. We knew this year’s events would look different, but we did not imagine they would be this exciting!

We arranged parent pick-ups for the LEGO® materials needed through a parent pick-up drive at Oak Grove Elementary. With their parents’ help, students logged onto Zoom and joined the live instruction where they saw their friends, teachers, and volunteers! Bricks 4 Kidz LEGO® experts walked families through building 3-D LEGO® hearts to celebrate Valentine’s Day! 48 students joined; teachers and volunteer mentors participated as well. We are thankful that we could still provide this opportunity to our students enrolled in Readers in Motion!

Our parent engagement events were extra special this year as the Readers in Motion students and families attending tutoring sessions at Children’s Board Family Resource Centers joined as well! We hosted in-person Bricks 4 Kidz activities at the North Tampa and Temple Terrace locations where families built 3-D LEGO® cars, trucks, helicopters, and planes! The creations even had battery-operated features, which elevated them to be mobile robotic toys! These captivating events would not be possible to
our Readers in Motion families without the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County’s continued support!

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