VINTON, Va. (WFXR) – The Vinton Public Library has been teaming up with Feeding Southwest Virginia to create a farmers market experience just for kids. The farmers market provides children the opportunity to learn valuable life skills in a fun and interactive way.
Upon entrance they are given a reusable bag and “money” to make their way over to a plethora of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Children get one five dollar bill and five one dollar bills. It’s obviously fake money but it kind of helps them to be able to figure out how to do math in the context of budgeting.Alyssa Carpenter, Senior Library Assistant to Youth Services, Vinton Library
Not only do the children get an economics lesson, but they are also learning about making healthy nutritional choices. Senior Library Assistant to youth services, Alyssa Carpenter says the kids have loved it! Five-year-old Effie Mccrady is proof.
It’s fun and it’s like vegetables are really fun to eat!Effie Mccrady, five years old
This is the third farmers market event held by the Vinton Library. Carpenter hopes that they can continue collaborating with Feeding Southwest Virginia to provide the event at the library where she has a very personal connection.
I’ve been coming to the Vinton library ever since I was a kid, so to be able to come back and offer these types of programs to kids in the same area is really a full circle experience. I really enjoy being able to work with them and also provide those resources.Alyssa Carpenter, Senior Library Assistant to Youth Services, Vinton Library
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