PABLO — The Two Eagle River School gym served as the Busy Elves Workshop for several young ones and their families last Thursday evening. The event was sponsored by several family related programs that provided hands on crafting of Christmas essentials, such as stockings to hang by the fireplace, tree ornaments, and many other things that required the fine motor skills of the young children to create. It’s called occupational therapy and it’s important to establish eye-hand coordination skills such as reading, writing, and making crafts.
More than 150 people attended the event that featured 15 tables that provided various hand-eye coordination skills, communication skills, following instructions, and the enjoyment of creation.
“This is important because these kind of activities bring enjoyment to families and brings them closer together,” said Rhea Pierre, Early Foundations Home Visiting/MIECHV Program manager and facilitator of the event. “This is really a family fun night that enhances parenting skills. It’s an emotional, fun filled family event that tightens family bonds.”
Besides the hands-on skills stations there was a photo booth, and a roving book distributor that handed out age-appropriate books to the youngsters. There were also door prize drawings throughout the evening and lunch was provided.
This was the fifth year of the event or similar such events sponsored by the participating programs. There are four of similar events held quarterly throughout the year.
The participating programs include: Native Voice, Early Foundations Home Visiting, Child Youth Trauma Services, Healthy Young Parents Program, Tribal Education Department, People’s Center, Tribal Health Department’s Reason To Live Native, Tobacco Prevention, Substance Abuse and Misuse, Women Infants and Children (WIC) programs, Lake County Home Visiting, Safe Harbor, Malissa Morigeau with Hopa Mountain Books, Early Childhood Services, Department of Human Resource Development, and Blackfoot Communications.