East Elementary School hosts literacy event | CraigDailyPress.com

East Elementary School hosts literacy event

Erin Fenner
Principal Sarah Hepworth tells parents and students about "fractured fairy tales," a type of storytelling that adapts an existing fairy tale to a new situation. East Elementary School hosted a literacy event Monday night to teach parents and students about new approaches to reading.
Erin Fenner

Family Literacy Night at East Elementary School welcomed parents and students to the school Monday night to participate in a number of activities to learn creative ways to approach reading.

We’re “just trying to expose kids and families to fun books to try,” Principal Sarah Hepworth said.

Literacy Coordinator Tiffany Trevenen said this was an opportunity for parents to learn new ways to encourage their children to have fun reading.

The school hosted a scavenger hunt with clues that provided lessons to parents about fluency, a book walk where students could win books, a karaoke room to help students feel comfortable reading, a computer lab session with information about Dr. Seuss and reading time with cocoa.

Monday also celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday with the nationwide Read Across America Day.

The night culminated in a chili feed because, Trevenen said, food “brings people together.”

The night also served to get parents involved, she said.

“Really, we want to bring parents to the school,” she said, adding that the more parents are involved at school, the more likely their children will be successful.

All local elementary schools offered special events Monday to emphasize the importance of Read Across America Day, with events ranging from a day dedicated to curling up with the works of Dr. Seuss to early-morning breakfast and reading activities for parents and children. Other events will continue throughout the week at Sandrock and Ridgeview Elementary schools with reading-themed dress-up days.

The Craig Daily Press will run a photo page of school activities Friday.

For a full list of literacy opportunities this week or in the future at your child’s school, call East at 970-824-6042, Ridgeview at 970-824-7018, Sandrock at 970-824-3287 or Sunset Elementary School at 970-824-5762.

Contact Erin Fenner at 970-875-1794 or efenner@craigdailypress.com.

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