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☷ Hernando Mississippi - Hernando Excel By 5 Touch A Truck 01 April 2022★★★ ( news )

☷ Hernando Mississippi - Hernando Excel By 5 Touch A Truck 01 April 2022★★★ ( news )

Hernando , state Mississippi
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   EXCEL BY 5 TOUCH - A - TRUCK 
   HEAD - Touch - A - Truck event for kids set for Saturday at Hernando Armory 
   By Matthew Breazeale , DeSoto Times Tribune 
   https://bit . ly/3J0xmIH
   Little hands on big trucks is the theme for Hernando’s Excel by 5 Touch - A - Truck event set for this Saturday . The early childhood advocacy organization will host the kid and family centered gathering at the US National Guard Armory building at 3003 McCracken Road in Hernando from 10 a . m . to 1 p . m .
   Gia Matheny , Excel by 5 board member , is also the community development director for the city of Hernando . She says this event is the first Touch - A - Truck for the organization to host .  
   “This is our first planned annual Touch - A - Truck event , ” Matheny explained . “This will be a fun event for the community , we will have some of our coalition members there giving out information on resources for their children . It’s just a fun event to get the kids out and active , and also raise awareness for our programs . ” 
   Children will be able to lay their hands on large utility , military , and emergency vehicles . Attendees can park in the Niteo Truck parking lot next to the armory . Hot dogs and other refreshments will be available .    
   “The police will be out there with their ATVs , boats from search and rescue , ” Matheny said . “I believe they will have some K9 units out there so children can see them . The book - mobile will be there from the Hernando library . Kids will be able to go in the book - mobile and pick out a book . We’re always trying to promote early literacy . ” 
   Excel By 5 supports families with children ages 0 - 5 by promoting and offering resources to bolster early literacy and learning in children . The non - profit organization partners with outside community entities and programs to gauge the effectiveness of its work , like the Dolly Parton Imagination Library .  
   Matheny has served in the Hernando community for the past nine years with Excel by 5 .  
   “Excel by 5 is a certification program for communities in the state of Mississippi that have a focus on kindergarten readiness , ” Matheny said . “It has a few different focus areas within that program . That is education , childcare , health and community outreach . The city ( of Hernando ) has been a child - friendly community since 2014 when we were certified . Hernando was one of the first communities in the state to receive the certification . We do a lot in those areas to get our kids ready for kindergarten . We want to give them an edge up in school so they have the best possible chance of succeeding in third grade , for the third grade reading assessment ( state test ) . Then moving forward into a cradle to career program so they can get a job when they graduate . ” 
   Excel by 5 hosts other events throughout the year due to Hernando’s average young demographics .   
   “The median age is 37 , ” Matheny said . “We have lots of young families with young children . This has been a wonderful program for the city of Hernando . We commend our elected officials for allowing us to take the time to offer this program to our citizens . ” 
   Matheny said Excel by 5 does host open and free community wide events where kids outside of Hernando have the opportunity to receive a book in person .  
   Excel by 5 also hosts Children’s Days during the year at the Hernando Farmers Market . They’re held on the last Saturday of each month . The Dolly Parton Imagination Library is also offered through Excel by 5 .  
   “We’re trying to get children ready to read by kindergarten . We have 500 children in the program right now . They have to live in the city limits of Hernando . We have enough funds to provide books for the citizens of Hernando . That’s a little over $15 , 000 a year to provide the books . ” 
   Mary - Sada Foster is a mechanical engineer and works as a math teacher at Hernando High School . She is a parent to Scott , 4 , Ruthie , 6 , and Ella , 8 . She says the programs offered by Excel by 5 , encourages her and her husband to promote literacy at home .   
   “We’ve been doing the Dolly Parton Imagination Library book ever since each one of them were born , ” Foster said . “They love getting the books , they love to read . My kindergartener reads really well . It helps them enjoy reading . ” 
   Foster said Ruthie is currently reading along with her as she goes through the Bible every night . Scott’s favorite book is “Little Excavator , ” a fitting title ahead of the Touch - A Truck event .  
   “It was sent to us and he wants that book all the time , ” Foster said . “My husband works for the DeSoto County Fire Marshal’s office , so Scott gets to go see fire trucks and excavators there as well . ” 
   Foster said she plans to bring her kids to the Touch - A - Truck on Saturday .
   

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