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"Many of us "baby boomers" think of a Radio Flyer wagon as a toy, but as a 7 year old, born in 1952, I remember my Grandmother's Radio Flyer wagon as a means of earning income for her family, and supplying a service in her community. See, my Grandparents came to America via Ellis Island from Lebanon in the early 1920's and settled in Greenville South Carolina. My Grandparents were self-employed owning a small community grocery store. Back in "those days" vending machines were a rarity in the neighboring manufacturing plants. During the summers that I would spend with my Grandmother, I vividly remember her loading her Radio Flyer wagon with sodas, crackers, cakes, gum, etc., and twice a day visit these plants selling her wares to the local workers. My biggest joy was being the "driver" of her wagon, pulling the wagon behind me as we visited each business. I also remember that my Grandmothers bookkeeping was on the back of a piece of cardboard, where the workers would write their name, and the amount of their purchase, then on Friday after getting paid, they would settle their bill for the week. I took great joy in receiving my first Radio Flyer wagon, though it was "slightly used" from my Grandmothers traveling vending business, it was new to me and a joy to make believe that I had my own business, albeit just like Grandam's, with Red Flyer wagon and all!"
My Little Red Wagon is the title of the bedtime story I made up for my daughter. A true story about my daughter and I building a flower garden in your little red wagon. That bedtime story was my last English assignment 10 years ago when I graduated Business Administration after struggling a 3 year learning curve with my learning disability of reading and writing starting with a grade 5 education. That story stuck in my heart until I reread it and decided to publish it Oct 2014. Since receiving my first copy my passion grew deeper for literacy and learning. April 1, 2016 I launched My Little Red Wagon Garden Kit. Seen on my website littleredwagongardenkit.com. or my face book @mylittleredwagonfundraiser. I build this great little educational hands on learning tool kit to promote and support literacy. It comes with my story book, a W5 doll size Radio Flyer little red wagon, a plastic tray I got made for it to protect the wagon and to allow the children to still play with the wagon after they build their own flower garden for it, comes with a bag of Pro mix soil, 3 piece garden tools, 1 pair of gloves that come in 4 different sizes from ages 3-12, red, green, blue or pink plus a package of flower seeds I got made to represent the 5 colors of flowers in the book. It all comes wrapped up in a little red bow sealed in a box with a label, bar code and My Little Red Wagon company logo and information. Since launching April 2016 My garden kit can now be purchased in over 30 locations across Alberta and BC. Leaving a literacy trail along the way. I would be honored to name all the stores if you like including 12 Home Hardware stores and an Indigo and Cole's book store. Little Red Wagon is enjoyed by many generations for 100 years, leaving a huge impacted on generations to come. Radio Flyer and literacy share one great thing together. They both effect every generation and are a HUGE part of the future. Every one has a story with a little red wagon or knows someone who had one. Every one knows someone who learns a little different and or struggles with basic education. Reading and simple math. Many know the challenges some struggle with learning, reading and writing and how it still effects many of our children, youth and adults. Did you know with only 1% increase in the literacy rate would generate $18 Billion in economic growth every year. Investment in literacy programming has a 241% return on investment. Literacy is much more then reading and writing; it is an essential skill that is the foundation for future learning. It is about people’s ability to participate in everyday activities like banking, readying a safety manual, reviewing a child’s report card and acquiring new skills to keep jobs or to change jobs and to create jobs in our community's. It's also needed to put together Radio Flyers products. Education isn’t just about letters and numbers it’s about learning. Literacy has no color or race but effects every generation. Radio Flyer carries this same trade. Investments in foundation skills would lead to improve in livelihood, levels of health, increased productivity, reduce social costs and higher growth participate in community decision-making and early childhood development. Radio Flyer is a huge part of play and grow how about being part of something even greater? Play, Grow, & Learn. Teaching all the importance of childhood growth. Education, literacy, learning, building. Watching Learning growing. 100 years is celebration for The many generations of Radio Flyer customers and the new literacy generation that follow with it. My Little Red Wagon Garden Kit was created for ages 3-12 but a story for all ages. Radio Flyer celebrates 100 years of creation, why not create literacy in the new generation of Radio Flyer. Radio flyer is a HUGE part of the worlds growth, so is literacy learning. What a great little idea to get education a part of play. Watching learning grow. Thank you for being a part of my literacy growth and my active child within. I hope my new growing learning garden kit will become a great new project for Radio Flyer to celebrate one day. Thank you for the life learning lessons Love Darcie Taylor