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Picnic of books encourages acceptance

By Matthias Mann | Jun 20, 2018
Photo by: Matthias Mann Lucy and Asher Mains at the Picnic of Books in Unity June 16.

On June 16, a group of parents concerned by recent events in Troy came together with their children at Triplet Park to read stories of inclusivity and acceptance.

Using the stories as a jumping-off point, Amy Coseo navigated issues of tolerance both historically and in the present. In this way, the children learned about sensitive topics like the history of our country’s founding and how its effects on native populations may still be seen in the Native American reservations across our country and locally in places like the Penobscot Indian Island Reservation.

Between reading books, parents discussed the challenges of continuing to address these topics with their children as they begin to head into the public school system.

Looking forward, the group plans to continue meeting, with the next event to be hosted in Thorndike.

Amy Coseo, Lucy and Asher Mains, Zoe Bond and Saba Al-Rawi, from left, listen as Kathryn Piper, far right, reads a book. (Photo by: Matthias Mann)
Kathryn Piper, right, one of the organizers of the Picnic of Books, shows pictures as she reads aloud to a group gathered to teach children about tolerance. (Photo by: Matthias Mann)
Lucy and Asher Mains, with Amy Coseo, center. (Photo by: Matthias Mann)
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