Literacy Night brings youngest students, parents to school

By Sarah E. Reynolds | Apr 16, 2014
Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds Appleton first-graders Lydia Gurney, center, and Riley Whitman, right, choose books for summer reading at Literacy Night, April 8, as Lydia's mother, Amanda Gurney, looks on.

Appleton — Kindergarten through second-grade students showed their parents their progress in reading at Appleton Village School's Literacy Night Tuesday, April 8.

The evening began with a story read by School Union 69 Superintendent Nancy Weed. She told young listeners that the book, “A Fly Went By,” by Mike McClintock, had been a favorite of her children's and her own when she was young.

Children read to their parents, played matching letters and other pre-reading games and used the Lexia computer reading program.

The evening was presented by the school's Title I literacy and math program. Title I is a federally funded program under the No Child Left Behind Act for students who need extra help in literacy or math, said Appleton Title I teacher Sarah Saucier. It targets students in  kindergarten through fifth grade, with particular emphasis on the first three years, to supplement the regular classroom program, she said.

Students also got to choose a book pack with three books to get them started on their summer reading program; families were invited to select a book pack for their children who had not come to Literacy Night as well. In addition, the book packs contained a summer reading list and a letter from the town library about its summer reading program, which will award six bicycles to the students who read the most.

It is vital for children to keep reading when school is not in session because research shows that if they do not practice reading skills for several months, their reading ability erodes by the time school starts again, Saucier said.

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Sarah E. Reynolds has been a reporter and writer for more than 20 years, winning awards from the Maine Press Association and other professional organizations. She loves to read, hike and play word games.

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