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TLA Hosts our third National Summer Learning Day Celebration for the Moonshot Moment


On July 14, 2016, we celebrated "national summer learning day" in Indian River County!  Here's a video that recaps the events:


July 14, 2016 - Moonshot Moment National Summer Learning Day Summary:


1.  Daytime - 365 children

  • We visited four summer camp programs with approximately 365 children. 
  • The amazing Indian River County Charter High School Drama Troupe delighted the audiences with an interactive version of the story, "There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Shell." 
  • Fellsmere 4th grade teacher, Amy Shoemaker, taught all of the children the "Moonshot Readers Stop Summer Slide" chant that was written last year by Debbie Dillon. 
  • We gave each child a "Moonshot Moment" goody bag that, of course, included Moon Pies! 
  • Special thanks to our volunteers (including Chris Hiser, Donna and Amy Shoemaker) and our IRCHS Drama Troupe performers and also to Susan Thigpen, Barbara Musselwhite, and Elizabeth Thomason for bringing the program to their summer campers!



2.  Evening - 150 people

  • We hosted our second annual Moonshot Moment Family Pizza Party to Celebrate national summer learning day! 
  • This year's theme was a Beach Party Bonanza!  Decorations were provided by the talented Moonshot artist, Cat Faust, and the room truly had a "beach party" feel!
  • We had approximately 150 people participate throughout the evening, and a great time was had by the diverse crowd!
  • Like every good beach party, we had live music, dancing, limbo, contests, crafts, prizes, moon pies, and storytelling! 
  • The IRCHS drama troupe acted out each story for our guest readers who included:  Vero Beach Police Chief David Currie; Sebastian Mayor Bob McPartlan; Fellsmere police Sgt. Newsom; and Vero Beach Mayor Jay Kramer. 
  • The Vero Beach Karate Association senior demo team wrapped up the event with an energizing performance -- and throughout the evening, everyone talked about the importance of reading and summer learning!
  • Special thanks to our extraordinary Moonshot Support Team whose support made this event a big success, including:  our entertaining emcee host Principal Adam Faust, Suzy Feeney, June Leddy, Dr. Chris Ryall, Bonnie Swanson, Judi Miller, Willie Finklin, Deb Berg, Amy Shoemaker, Donna Shoemaker, Madeleine Bouldin, Marilyn Avila, Tonia O'Neil, Cat Faust, Michael Naffziger and the IRCHS Drama Troupe, Tiffany Justice, and Bernie the one-man band! 

The photos tell the story, and shown below is a sampling of the great photos that were posted online by photographer Eric Hasert from the Press Journal/TC Palm!  Please visit the TCPalm website to see more photos:


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TLA Hosts our third National Summer Learning Day Celebration for the Moonshot Moment

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