DANSVILLE — For the first time ever, the Dansville Primary School had a Tinker Day event for the children.

 

Primary School Librarian Janelle Rinker had a variety of activities in several rooms to create a museum feel to the event on Dec. 15. The event was open to Pre-K students, first graders and second graders. Their families were encouraged to be part of the activities as well.

 

“What got me interested in this event was taking my daughter to the Museum of Play in Rochester,” she said. “I thought I would like to do something similar to this with the Dansville kids for free.”

 

Last year a Lowes grant came through for Rinker to be able to put together neat activities for the school children.

 

There were seven stations with mini passports printed out to be stamped after each activity — Zoom Around the World with Santa, Inventor Zone, Coding Experts, Santa’s Workshop, Inspiration Station, Architect Arena and the Primary Library.

 

DPS Lighthouse Team, faculty, staff, students, and family helped to make this day a huge success.

 

“It is great to walk around, and see everyone have such a great time. They can spend the whole four hours here having fun,” Rinker said. “This is mostly done by the Lighthouse Team and teachers. It helps to support the Seven Habits Program.”

 

Rinker added that having the teachers support the event is the most important part, because that is the best way to get the children to participate.

 

“I hope that more teachers start to see what I am trying to do, and they do things like this in their classrooms,” she said. “They all like to be aware of what I am doing with the students.”

 

Julie Stoner, a primary teacher, said that she really loves what Rinker has done with the event. Stoner works on the Primary Project, which is a child-led therapy-based program.

 

“I love everything about my job,” she said. “I am on the Lighthouse Team as well. I think it is great the community came out to support this event. There are a lot of students from the National Honor Society here volunteering.”

 

Rinker sent out a sheet asking for anyone who would like to be part of the event to sign up, and there were several who jumped AT the chance.