Cambridge Main Street helps build community downtown

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Special to The Dorchester Banner/Cambridge Main Street
Members of the Mike Elzey Guitar Studio classes will provide the live entertainment at this Saturday’s Second Saturday celebration in Cannery Way from 5-7 p.m. Cambridge Main Street is teaming up with the Dorchester County Board of Education to celebrate April as the “Month of the Young Child.”

CAMBRIDGE – At the heart of the Cambridge Main Street mission is the need to build community in our downtown commercial district. So, for Second Saturday April, Cambridge Main Street is joining forces with the Dorchester Early Childhood Advisory Council and Dorchester Public Schools to hold a free family-oriented event in Cannery Way from 3-5 p.m. this Saturday.

The event is focused on celebrating April as the Month of the Young Child and featuring fun crafts and activities to promote literacy and early childhood development.

“This was such a natural fit for us,” said Cambridge Main Street Executive Director Brandon Hesson. “We want our community to connect to our downtown  and create memories as a family.”

More than a dozen community groups will appear at the event, each with a fun activity for children and their families to take part in. The Dorchester County Police Department will have a canine officer present, the Dorchester Public Library will offer a Lego station and Mike Elzey’s Guitar Studio will feature live entertainment by students in his classes.

“I wish more community groups would step forward with ideas like this. Our programming becomes much more substantial when it is diverse and appeals to everyone in the community,” said Mr. Hesson. “Everyone’s been very supportive of our mission to promote literacy and early childhood development, and yet it is something our community still struggles to impress on parents of young children.

“We are hoping to throw an event that doesn’t just produce more brochures,” continued Mr. Hesson. “We hope to show parents in our community just how easy it is to give our children an advantage by challenging them at an early age.”

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