Mother Goose gives children a reason to sing in Golden

A presentation was made by Tim Hortons to the Early Childhood Development Coalition to continue funding for the Mother Goose Program.

A special presentation was made by Tim Hortons in Golden to the Early Childhood Development Coalition to continue funding for the Mother Goose Program.

In total, Tim Hortons sold more than 2,000 special Smile Cookies and was able to make a donation of $2,121 to aid the program.

Joanne McCullough is the Early Childhood Development Coalition  co-ordinator in Golden.

“Without this donation I do not know how we could have possibly funded this program at all. I think it is 100 per cent responsible for this program running,” she said.

McCullough explained that the program is not only fun for the children, but also a wonderful way for parents to get to know each other.

“This is a great way for them to build their community. Obviously parenting can be quite lonely and this is a way for them to come together and make friends with parents of children at the same age,” she said.

“This will carry through with them through the formalized education system. For the kids it is a chance to be with other children.”

She added that the singing and music has been proven to be an incredibly valuable pre-literacy skill.

“This is setting them up to be future readers,” McCullough said.

Julie Bolin, one of the owners of the Tim Hortons in Golden, explained they are just happy they could help the program.

“It is important. I used the programs when my children were little and Tim Hortons always gets involved in the community. When we were approached by Joanne we knew this was a no-brainer. It is obviously something which is being well utilized and it is cool to see all these kids here,” Bolin said.

“Having it housed in the library is great. I would like to thank the Okanagan Regional Library for their help,” McCullough said.

The program is currently being run in Golden, Field and Parson.