Organizations promote Screen Free Week

Electronic devices are nearly omnipresents these days, but sometimes it's good to take a short break from them this week, according to three local organizations.

The Homewood PTA, Homewood School District 153 and the Homewood Public Library are urging local families to observe Screen Free Week from April 30 through May 4. The worldwide campaign is intended to provide an opportunity for famlies to unplug and "rediscover the joys of the physical world," according to sponsor Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. 

The three Homewood organizations have teamed up to provide a number of activities to help families learn and have fun during a break from TVs, computers, video games and other electronic devices.

Each participating student receives a card to record activities between 3 and 9 p.m. Classroom teachers will tally the results, and prizes will be awarded throughout the week.

Screen Free Week activities at the Homewood library include:
  • Karaoke Kids, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, for children in grades kindergarten through 6.
  • Wacky Wednesday, 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, for children in grades 7 through 12. It's a chance to play money-oriented board games like Monopoly or the Game of Life.
  • Buy It - Sell It Board Games, money-related board games for youngsters, from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, for children in grades kindergarten through 6.
  • Kids Artists Market from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 3. Children ages 5 to 10 get to play the role of an artist, and learn about money in the process.
  • May the Fourth Be With You from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 4. This is an annual Star Wars bash for all ages.

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