About 180 families registered for the inaugural community event, which took place Saturday. Emerson Bolt carefully placed a few drops of glue along a long flat piece of wood. The 7-year-old, with assistance from Tom Lutz, slowly folded the wood together to shape a bird house. “Are you sure you haven’t done this before?” Lutz asked the youngster. “No, this is my first time,” Emerson shyly replied before delightfully showing his mom, Erica Bolt, his new construction.
Creating birdhouses was just one of the activities available to children and their families during the first-ever Monroe/Lenawee County AFL-CIO- United Way of Monroe/Lenawee Counties Build a Better World Literacy event. The event took place for two hours Saturday at Labor Park. Organizers hope the event will be an annual outing replacing the Easter Egg Hunt, which used to occur in St. Mary Park.