Newton-Conover City Schools decided to combine the NCSIP program with Title I services to provide a family reading night that served Pre-K, K, 1st and 2nd grade students on February 25, 2016 from 5-7 pm. A combined total of 30 volunteers from the three elementary schools and central office staff ran this event. It was amazing to see the collaboration and enthusiasm of the volunteers while serving food, presenting the material at the stations, and interacting with the families.
We sent home a intent to attend form and received a number of 400 people that would be attending. Eighty-nine families signed into the event that night and participated in the six interactive stations that focused on the five components of reading. The families were able to eat pizza and snacks, travel through the reading stations with a passport, sign-up for a library card from the Catawba County Library booth, and visit the Partnership for Children booth to receive a free book.
At each of the six stations, students and parents were provided with one-on-one instruction on the topics of literacy. As the students completed the station, their passport was stamped and the students received a s
mall reward to take home. Parents gained valuable information regarding reading strategies and were given ideas to use at home. At the end of the night, the students turned in their passport to receive a bag of popcorn.
We were provided with numerous donations from the committee for this event including Pizza Hut, Geppeto’s, Godfathers Pizza, Roc’n Oven, Big Lots, Food Lion, Texas Roadhouse, Pin Station, Village Inn, Untouchables, Pepsi, ECCCM, and Carmike. Without their help, this event could not have happened!