Tonawanda News — It’s no secret that many children don’t read as much as they should, or that some children find reading boring with all the distractions of the electronic age they grew up in, but what if someone found a way to make reading more exciting?
That’s the goal for Meadow Elementary School, which for the past seven years, has held an annual Family Literacy Night designed to promote parent involvement in their children’s education as well as inspire a love of reading from an early age. The event was held at the school on Thursday evening.
“We have books for the kids and readings done by teachers, administrators and others,” said Jodi Minor, Meadow’s literary specialist. “We make it fun, for example the mayor will read a book called ‘The Very Silly Mayor,’ and then they will be asked to draw a picture.”
This year’s theme is “stretch your imagination.” Most of the activities at Family Literacy Night involve the students reading a book and then participating in something creative to reinforce what they just read, like doing a craft or singing a song, Minor said.
Children were able to purchase books at the book fair which the school organized to take place during Family Literacy Night this year. They were also allowed to select a free book. An introductory presentation was held in the auditorium as the students and their families filed into the school.
The remainder of the event was broken into three sessions with the children going to classrooms where readers would be presenting different books.
“(Family Literacy Night) has definitely grown over the years,” said first grade teacher Katie Marren, as children scurried around her to find the perfect book at the book fair. “It connects the classroom to home and gives them a fresh way of looking at reading that also motivates them. We want them to enjoy reading and for it to become a life-long skill.”