Thank you to the Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County. On December 13th they invited close to 700 children, ages three to five, from our Soar in 4 neighborhoods to attend a live stage performance at the Manatee Performing Arts Center called Fairy Tale Follies. Most of the children attending had never been in a theater or seen a live stage performance. For these little ones, attending this play was a first lifetime experience. Each child also received the gift of a book in a special backpack to take home. This experience provided the perfect vocabulary building opportunity. A critical component of early literacy is having something meaningful and interesting to talk, read and write about. Our children are building their vocabulary through this amazing experience. Kudos to our ELC for supporting emerging literacy through field trip immersion.