Editor’s note: This article has been updated to reflect the correct location of Reading Night.
Once a child learns to read, a vast world of knowledge and information is available right before their eyes.
For the students and families at Skyline Elementary they discovered just how powerful that statement is after Thursday’s Reading Night hosted at the school.
“Tonight is just another example of how we try to encourage children to read, and how important it is for families to read together,” Jeri Perkins, reading specialist at Skyline, said. “It’s an opportunity to put books in the hands of kids.”
The school flashed back to the ’60s for a night of fun activities all designed to develop student reading skills.
“We have two 30-minute sessions designed for the students,” Perkins said. “One involves reading a book and having the students make a snack; the second involves reading a book and then creating a craft item.”
The students created yellow submarine snacks using Twinkies and created peace signs out of paper plates.
“Every student who attends both sessions will receive a free book,” Perkins said. “The school district purchased the books through a federally-funded program that promotes family reading.
“While the students are attending their sessions the parents will be in a session focusing on math,” Perkins added. “We surveyed the parents at the beginning of the year and they expressed a desire to learn ways that they could increase their child’s math skills so we are bringing in Sara Nichols, title teacher and instructional coach for Sedalia Schools 200, for a workshop.
While it may not seem the concepts of math relate to reading, there are many ties between the two.
“Reading is a key skill in math,” Perkins said. “Students have to read directions to know what they are solving and there are so many other language concepts used in math.”
There were other activities for the students and parents to enjoy including a pizza party and the official kick-off to the Feelin’ Groovy Book Fair.
Brenda Simpson, instructional assistant and Skyline book fair chair, said the book fair is one of two the school hosts each year. The event is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 3-9.
“The book fair is just another way to put books in the hands of kids,” Perkins said. “The school receives a portion of the funds that are raised from the sales and we use that to purchase books for our students.”
Perkins said the books are used throughout the school in individual classrooms and the library in addition to other locations.
Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484