Blankets, flashlights, good books and twinkling stars on the gymnasium ceiling set the scene for King Elementary School’s Reading Under the Stars event. What made it even more exciting is that the students and their families enjoyed a fun evening at school.
The event began with students meeting their teachers for a read aloud, while parents attended information sessions where they met with the school’s education committee. The sessions, coordinated by Kaitlyn Salfer, Title I reading specialist, gave parents tips on using Canvas and Lexia, test-taking skills for students in grades three through five, and phonics instruction guides for kindergarten through in second grade.
“I liked the parent learning stations because it helped me understand the curriculum and it bridges the gap between school and home,” said Jessie Pomales, a parent participant.
During the second part of the event, students met their families in the gym, where they enjoyed reading some of their favorite books and checking out new books.
Salfer explained, “Students were able to bring their own books to read with their family and friends, but we also had a bring-a-book/take-a-book table for families to donate and pick out books. different.”
Uzma Ali, a parent, said, “I participated in this event because it was fun to sit together and engage with other King Elementary families.”
Rebecca Beard, another parent, said: “It is important to be involved in my child’s education because it fosters an overall positive attitude towards school and strengthens the relationship between parents and teachers.”