Learning center to sponsor carnival


Published: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 6:16 p.m.

Summer fun with live music, games for children of all ages, speakers, food and lots of mingling will be the order of the day at the Circle of Love Summer Carnival, a benefit for Circle of Love Early Learning Center, a tutoring program for children with learning disabilities.

Facts

SUMMER CARNIVAL

What: Circle of Love Summer Carnival, with speakers, food, games and more.

1-7 p.m. Sunday.

Tumblin Creek Park, SW 6th Street and Depot Ave.

Free, with nominal fees for food and some games.

Call 352-224-8953.

The carnival will be held from 1-7 p.m. Sunday at Tumblin Creek Park at SW 6th Street and Depot Ave. The community is invited.

"It will be an old-style carnival with fun for kids and adults," said Cassandra Morrison, founder of Circle of Love Early Learning Center, which was established in Gainesville in 2012. Morrison holds a master's degree in special education from Concordia University, an online university based in Portland, Ohio.

Morrison said the purpose of the carnival is to raise funds to establish a day care center for children with learning disabilities and to help support scholarships for a tutoring program for children ages 5-14 with learning disabilities, which is offered from 2-6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at the Porters Community Center at 512 SW 6th Ave.

"Our goal is to give children the skills and strategies they need to succeed in school and in life," Morrison said. "We offer hope to children who may learn differently than other children, but still have the ability to learn."

At the carnival, Morrison said there will be many free activities, including a bounce house, face painting, chess lessons for kids and adults, live music, speakers who will discuss issues of importance to the community and representatives from local churches and community agencies offering information. Topics of discussion will include parenting tips, the justice system, Trayvon Martin, black history and more.

"We're trying to engage youth so they can understand the issues that concern them," Morrison said.

Morrison said there will be a nominal cost for some of the carnival games, the basketball challenge with trophies and prizes for winners, and other games. She said prices for food will range from $5-$8 and the menu will include fish, barbecue chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken wings, vegan options and other foods and snacks.

"We're a community that cares," Morrison said. "I want each child to succeed, and with the right skill set, everyone can succeed in education."

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