Franklin County R-II holds a quarterly reading night for all its students and their families. Family Reading Night is a time for kids to read, make crafts, and have fun. It is a chance for students to further their education while experiencing it in an enjoyable, new way.
Each Family Reading Night has a new theme planned for the families. From superheroes to snowmen, building to bears, the children are always learning something new. Guest readers come in to help encourage the theme, too! From Captain America to the Big Bad Wolf to our United States Military Veterans and First Responders, all kinds of characters come to help encourage the children to read. At the end of each event-- after the games and reading-- kids get to take home a free book courtesy of the Franklin County R-II PTO. Books range from kindergarten reading level to 8th grade. Refreshments are served by the R-II STUCO and attendance prizes are given out.
The attendance prizes usually reflect back on the theme of Family Reading Night. The last event theme was centered around building-- building blocks, clay, and group activities. The prizes consisted of Legos, and special guests even showed up to hand them out.
Family Reading Night is a very family-oriented event and is great for children of all ages to enjoy.
“I love that families come together to promote a love of reading for their child,” Mrs. Angela Mense, Parent as Teachers (PAT) educator and Title 1 Reading aide, commented. “It's a great way to spend an evening of quality time together and show your children that reading is fun and important.”
Family Reading Night was described as a “special night.” What does that mean?
Mrs. Samantha Unger, Franklin County R-II parent, expressed how she felt about this night.
“It’s a special night to do fun things at school-- to make school fun. It’s an opportunity to do something with my family… out of the ordinary routine.”
Family Reading Night is important to families because it does bring them together for a night, while also giving children a chance to learn.
“I think it is important to spark an interest in reading at a young age,” Mrs. Mense offered. “[Family Reading Night] has [also] given me a chance to share important messages through reading. I love seeing all of my students and their families enjoying their time together.”
Mrs. Unger likes Family Reading Night because, for someone who works long hours most nights, it's nice to have “more family time.” She also shared that it “helps [her] kids want to read and adds to their imagination.”
According to Teresa Poe, coordinator for the events, “Family Reading Night allows our small community to come together to build positive relationships between home and school. It gives parents, grandparents, teachers, community leaders, and students a fun, friendly atmosphere to get to know each other. It makes school a place where we can come together and show our students that we not only care about them, but their families as well.”
Family Reading Night is a good way to get children interested in reading and to encourage families to get creative. It also takes reading to new levels and makes it fun for the whole family. There will be an upcoming event in the near future.