All About Reading

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Students and their families attended the district’s first Literacy Night at Winthrop Avenue School, with fun-filled activities and a book fair for the district’s avid readers. The event coincided with the school’s annual Parents as Reading Partners Week, which was full of literacy activities and encouragement for students to read an additional 15 minutes each evening.

“We wanted the students to see that reading is required in everything they do,” Winthrop Avenue Principal Sally Curto said. “We also wanted to make the students more excited about reading and give them the opportunity to purchase more books.”

During Literacy Night, there were read-alouds by members of the Board of Education, administrators and local community residents. Bellmore-Merrick School District’s JFK High School students led younger students in a science literacy activity, which required them to read a story and then make a light-up Halloween bulb. In addition, there were book bingo games, a Math Literacy Center activity, a writing center and a “Stop, Drop and Read” section. Students also donated to the Book Fairy Donation Center and placed their names in their school’s raffle box for prizes.

Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services Dr. Joanne C. Dacek said Literacy Night was a welcomed event that is sure to grow each year. “Not only did Literacy Night promote reading, it brought a community of learners together,” she said.