On September 7, 2012, PIDF’s Ka Pa‘alana Homeless Family Education Program hosted literacy and health event at the Kauiokalani Public Housing Community Center, where the program currently operates its traveling preschool and family education program. The event brought together community health organizations and service providers so that families could gather information about available services. Among the attending organizations were the Learning Disabilities Association of Hawaii (LDAH), University of Hawai‘i Nursing program, and Parent Child Development Center (PCDC).
The event started with a literacy workshop conducted by Terry Nakamura, Ka Pa‘alana’s Family Literacy Trainer, who helped parents understand the importance of literacy development in young children. Parents who answered questions correctly during the workshop received raffle tickets for prizes at the end of the event. After the workshop, families were treated to both a food buffet and a Book Buffet, where families received free books to begin their home libraries.
During dinner, door and raffle prizes were handed out to families. Although only a few walked away with prizes, everyone was a winner with their new found knowledge of literacy and filled stomachs