The therapy dogs were a big hit among families during the evening. Students enjoyed visiting with the friendly K-9’s and their owners.
By LYNNETTE FORTH | For The Prairie Advocate News
West Carroll Primary School hosted Family Reading Night on January 17th, with a record number of families in attendance.
Reading Committee member and Kindergarten teacher Kim Falk said, “We have a great group of about 15 members who have been planning this evening since our reading night last year. New this year, we have a ‘Star Lab,’ which families can crawl through to see a constellation on the ceiling. It is really neat.
“The Parent Teacher Organization donated new books for every child,” Falk added. “Thanks to the donations from teachers, parents, and families, we have planned a great night for our families. It think reading night shows families that reading is all around us and to allow them to take different opportunities to see that reading is everywhere. It’s a fun time.”
FFA member Ashley Hunt reads to 7 year old Jasmine Gothard during West Carroll Primary School’s Family Reading Night on January 17th. A record number of families enjoyed the nights events.
(PA photos/Lynnette Forth)
Over two hundred families were given many exciting activities to participate in during the evening. The gymnasium was transformed into a campground with tents, trees, and even a model of a campfire complete with camp chairs. Children could bring gently used books from home to “swap” them for different books in the Art Room.
Craft projects were set up in the hallway, along with a Poetry Café in the Library. Children had the opportunity to read poetry in front of an audience. A slumber party room was set up allowing for pajamas, sleeping bags, and popcorn.
High School students enjoyed reading to children throughout the night. A writing room and technology station showed the newest gadgets for electronic games, writing your own books, and reading.
Returning for a second year were the Therapy dogs from Therapy Dogs International. Families had the opportunity to visit with the gentle dogs, and read a story to them. Snacks were also available, and enjoyed by all.