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Traveling Tree House rolls into action

The Traveling Tree House is hitting the road again this summer, providing free learning opportunities for children throughout the area.

The mobile learning center stops at 11 designated locations within Douglas County, Monday through Thursday, from June 11 to Aug. 16. The program is overseen by United Way of Douglas and Pope Counties.

At each stop, children experience 75 minutes of reading, crafts and activities. A snack and a gently used book of their choice is sent home with children to keep.

The schedule includes:

Mondays — 10:45 a.m. to noon at Park Osagi in Osakis; 1 to 2:15 p.m. at Maple Ridge Townhomes. There are also Monday evening stops scheduled at Alexandria City Park from 5 to 6:15 p.m. on June 18, July 9 and Aug. 13.

Tuesdays — 9 to 10:15 a.m. Garfield Park-A-While Gardens; 10:45 a.m. to noon Zion Lutheran Church parking lot; and 1 to 2:15 p.m. Noonan Park.

Wednesdays — 9 to 10:15 a.m. Alexandria City Park; 10:45 a.m. to noon Carlos City Park; and 1 to 2:15 p.m. Miltona Community Center.

Thursdays — 9 to 10:15 a.m. Evansville Park; 10:45 a.m. to noon Brandon Lion's Park; 1 to 2:15 p.m. Dean Melton Fillmore Park.

Tree House teachers use AMAZE, a literacy based, anti-bias curriculum.

The program lasts for 10 weeks and is designated for children ages 4 to 11.

No pre-registration is required to attend.

The program is supported by United Way Women United and Alomere Health.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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