Space 2 Launch
Hey Readers! Space 2 Launch’s Book Club had a unBEElievable event on Thursday, April 20th at Piccadilly’s in Hollywood, Florida. Daphney Maurisseau-Carter of I Can Be Foundation, Inc. was the fabulous guest author reading her book, “I Am A Doctor.”
At our expected start time, 6:00 p.m. children and their parents began to come in. Parents were asked to sign in and complete a kids menu. I thought that was creative and very time efficient. It was as if the children were at a luncheon with reserved tables that were numbered. As the children’s parents signed in they were able to complete Arts & Crafts hosted by Ms. Toni.
The Arts & Crafts choices included friendship bracelets, key chains or color bookmarks. All of the children enjoyed the artsy experience, but it was time to devour the food. It was interesting looking at even one of the youngest dine and chat with others at her table. The children didn’t enjoy the food too much and they said their orders were mixed up.
As the chatter began to get loud, Tasheba began to settle the children down in preparation for “TAKE-OFF!” Daphney Maurisseau BLASTED in and took charge of the cadets and her trusty mascot, BEElieve came in right behind. I believe the children were in awe because mouths dropped and eyes became wide.
Maurisseau introduced herself to the children and gave instructions to a little challenge. She explained that BEElieve appears in the book three times and whoever raises their hand first all three times, will win a prize. All of the children get really excited and wants her to get started. BEElieve is spotted and all hands go up! It was hilarious to everyone. The second time there’s only one who does it quick enough and the last time everyone’s hands go up quickly again. She decided, everyone will get a book mark, but the child from round two receives the special prize which was a signed copy of her book. As she was reading, she briefly talked about each doctor to the children. At the end everyone discussed the type of doctors they would become.
The event ends with a raffle and the winners received a prize from Space 2 Launch and from Daphney Maurisseau– Carter. Pictures were taken with the authors and BEElieve.
As everyone starts to leave, as if they didn’t have enough, everyone was treated again with amazing sweet treats from KP Sweet Treats-Orange and blue covered Oreos!
Everyone REALLY enjoyed the event and talked about coming. If you missed this book club meeting, you missed something because it was…Out This World! We’ll be back next month on May 18th-same time 6:00 p.m. ad same place – Piccadilly’s Hollywood.
Written by Kid Blogger Joh’Rissa McBurnie
We Have Special News this Month
Space 2 Launch is now an official 501 (c) 3 organization.
We are so thankful for all the support from the community and will be announcing our board members soon.
Stay tuned for more information!
The Space 2 Launch Book Club is a monthly meet up for young writers and readers ages 4-12. We hope to expand this age group very soon!
We are a book loving group for children ages 4-12. We gather together to eat great food, read new books, write a little bit more of our story, and allow our imaginations to lead us into big dreams the greatest authors are made of EVERY SINGLE MONTH!
Only registered students ages 4-12 EAT FREE with our group! Students not registered ahead of each event will not eat free!
Bring children comfortable clothing.
Bring your child’s favorite book, please make sure his/her name is inside of each book he/she brings.
WHAT WE WILL DO:
Each month we will read a new book and hopefully meet a new author. Every time we read, we also write a little bit of our story, and have conversations around what we just read, to ensure our students comprehend what has been read.
We look forward to seeing you and your little writer there!
On January 28th, 2017 my team and I launched the very first Space 2 Launch initiative for young authors at the African American Research Library & Cultural Center in Fort Lauderdale. Over 50 students and parents registered to attend the event where they had the opportunity to engage with local award winning authors Tasheba Berry-McLaren, Dr. Deon Davis, and Dr. Christopher Gates. Our attendees listened to stories and engaged in activities that encouraged individual creativity.
This movement has been important to me since I was in the third grade, because I know when we empower children to lead we revolutionize the way they see themselves.
This vote of confidence and empowerment has a direct affect on the things a child believes he or she is capable of doing. Children have more to say than you may know and I am looking forward to encouraging their imagination in 2017 with our book club coming in March 2017. There is power in a child’s voice when you give them the power to write. Encouraging children to show up in the world as their most powerful self changes the world as we know it!