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Big Crowd at Robertson Literacy Night

Adults usually curl up with a book all by themselves but, for children, reading can be most enjoyable as a family affair.

That was the premise behind the family literacy night held at Robertson Elementary School on Wednesday.

“We are trying to build a community of readers,” Stu Wolf, the Robertson principal said. “And the more we can involve parents, guardians, siblings and other family members, the better off everyone will be.”

A large crowd turned out for the event, which was designed to offer families an understanding of  how literacy is taught and what families can do at home to promote their children's reading success.

The event also served as a pilot -- as the district continues to emphasize supporting parents and guardians so they they, in turn, can be better equipped to support their children academically.

Wolf and Robertson literacy coach Jennifer Westfort worked with Diane Burns (who oversee humanities instruction through the Office of Curriculum and Instruction) and the office of Family and Community Partnership to organize the event, which also involved volunteer teachers piloting an approach to engaging families in literacy developed by the publishing company Scholastic.

To support attendance the FCP Office collaborated with Robertson to coordinate child care, transportation and meals.

Families observed teachers working with their children to see them model literacy activities, and then parents had the opportunity to practice with their own children.  Families also took home books and practice ideas to use with their kids.

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