Youngsters can meet Pete the Cat on Thursday at Oceanside Place in Parksville

The free event is co-sponsored by Oceanside Building Learning Together and School District 69

Incoming kindergarteners and preschoolers can sink their claws into their first school experience this week when Pete the Cat visits for the First Steps to School Fair Thursday at Oceanside Place Arena.

The free event is co-sponsored by Oceanside Building Learning Together and School District 69, who encourage kids between the ages of 3-5 to meet Pete the Cat and enjoy a variety of fun activities from 5-7 p.m. April 21 at the Oceanside Place pond.

A postcard invitation was mailed to children registered for fall kindergarten in SD69.

Community organizations focused on early learning, as well as kindergarten teachers, have collaborated to provide an event for preschool-aged children and their adults, so they can enjoy a fun experience that helps familiarize and introduce them to those first steps to school.

Pete the Cat will help pave the way as he often tells stories of self-confidence and overcoming obstacles which are well known to children and adults alike.

Children may get their picture taken with Pete, climb aboard a real school bus, take part in art and craft activities and music, and receive a special bag full of ideas and snacks to take home. The First Steps to School Fair is funded by Ready, Set, Learn – Ministry of Education.

For more information, please contact Oceanside Building Learning Together at 250-947-8252 or check out their website at oblt.ca.

— Submitted by OBLT