Harry Hoag Elementary School recently received a $2,000 grant from Target for a “Reading around the Seasons” program aimed at teaching and modeling family literacy skills in a fun and relaxed setting.
The money will be used for staffing, books and craft supplies for four seasonal family reading nights for students in grades K-3.
School librarian Mary VanPatten will lead four seasonal family reading nights for 50 children and their parents. The seasonal reading nights will focus on these holidays and themes: Halloween, winter, Earth Day and spring and summer. The dates for the events have not been determined yet, but will be announced in the district newsletter and on the website.
“This will be a way to engage parents and help them encourage early reading in their children,” VanPatten said in a news release.
Students attending will also receive a seasonal book to bring home and read. Appropriate titles will be selected for the families and the children. The library staff plans to read stories and model behavior that parents can use to engage their children in reading at home.