Children enjoy face painting, storytelling at Oakland fair

Sixth annual Ready to Learn Fun Fair held at Peralta Elementary School

Painting faces

Books, Face painting, Storytelling and Robotics. These are a few of the activities at the 6th Annual Ready to Learn Fun Fair held on October 1 at Peralta Elementary School in North Oakland.

Clifford the Big Red Dog was a crowd favorite.

Clifford the Big Red Dog

Buki the Clown returned with a new friend this year: Oliver the Clown. The two clowns did face painting for children (and some adults too). There was also a story time that featured a spirited reading of "Green Eggs and Ham" and a puppet show.

Playwell Teknologies featured a lego building booth to encourage children's interest in engineering and robotics.

Good News in Oakland, the online TV show focusing only on the good news taking place in Oakland was on hand too.

Other vendors included the YMCA, Oakland Public Library, Alameda County Children Support Services and more. The event, sponsored by the Office of Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson seeks to provide children and families with educational and health resources that will support child development.

This year, Peralta Elementary received a National Blue Ribbon School Award, only one of two in Alameda County to receive the award. The school was noted for its efforts at reducing the educational achievement gap.

Spining the Wheel

Photos, story by Reginald James. Originally posted at

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