The Mississippi Children’s Museum will host a new traveling exhibit

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The Mississippi Children’s Museum (MCM) and Barksdale Reading Institute (BRI) will host a ribbon cutting on Thursday, February 24 at 10:00 a.m. to unveil a new traveling exhibit, Rocky’s House.

The exhibit promotes the Talk from the Start literacy campaign and its mission to raise awareness that talking to and with children from birth is essential for learning to read.

Rocky’s House introduces caregivers and children to a cast of characters representing Mississippi’s diverse population, Rocky’s Friends. Along with Rocky, they guide guests through three main methods of language and literacy development: playing, speaking and reading.

Visitors will learn about these methods and have the opportunity to put them into practice.

“Our museum is committed to developing innovative programs that meet the needs of Mississippi children and set them on the path to success,” said MCM President and CEO Susan Garrard. “Struggles against literacy are among the greatest challenges our children face. This project is an unprecedented opportunity to partner with a renowned educational institution, Barksdale Reading Institute, to create resources that will raise awareness and positively impact children and families in our state.

The Talk from the Start campaign and its companion project, the traveling exhibit Rocky’s House, were made possible with funding from the WK Kellogg Foundation.

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