Literacy Night Hosted at Weskan School

Article date: September 5, 2017

by Brylee Aldridge

Section: ACADEMICS

 According to the National Adult Literacy Survey, approximately 44 million people in the United States cannot read well enough to fill out an application, read a food label, or read a simple story to a child. Weskan Schools’ Cindy Harold, school Librarian, and Julie Aldridge, 4th and 5th grade teacher, are working to make that statistic drop in our very own community!

On August 17, 2017, a “Literacy Night” was hosted at Weskan Schools. This event was open to students of all ages. Students and parents came and participated in activities like campfire reading, sight word bingo, fishing for rhymes, making s’mores, and a family photo booth.

The purpose of this Literacy Night was to stress the importance of reading to families as well as provide interactive reading and writing activities for families to enjoy. "We were happy for all of the families we had attend," said Cindy Harold. "It was a great way to start off the school year on a positive note with students and families."

Through the Dane G. Hansen Foundation, Weskan Schools received a grant to make this event possible. A new book was given to all participants ages 0-18, as well as various prizes including a Kindle, book lights, and t-shirts.

A special thanks to the foundation for the grant, as well as all the teachers from Weskan who helped make this night possible. According to Julie Aldridge, Weskan Schools hopes to host more family educational events like this in the future.