CPN and Sanders-Clyde Fall for Good Books!

Written by Courtney Lorah

On October 31, 2016

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Parent, community, and school engagement come together to create a magical evening.

Charleston Promise Neighborhood (CPN) co-sponsored a fall-themed Family Literacy Night at Sanders-Clyde on Thursday, October 20th. Approximately 275 participated including students, families, Sanders-Clyde faculty and staff, and CPN staff to celebrate the power of books and the beauty of fall.

Students and their families flooded the atrium of the school where they were surrounded by activity stations, each one promoting a specific type of literacy and representing a particular grade level. These tables were hosted by teachers dressed up as their favorite book characters, who interacted with students through experiential learning activities.

CPN provided pumpkins, and fused literacy with visual arts as students were able to paint their favorite book characters onto pumpkins. As each child traveled from table to table, they carried a passport to have stamped upon completion of the enrichment activity. Students with all passport destinations stamped earned the privilege to wear their favorite school team jerseys to school the following day!

Neighborhood resident, Lafon Townsend, prepared supper and families feasted on a delicious spaghetti dinner, while the Sanders-Clyde Girls’ Chorus serenaded all in attendance with inspirational songs. Everyone left with full bellies, great books, and big smiles.

This event was a huge success because of the collaboration between CPN, Sanders-Clyde, and all Sanders-Clyde families. Literacy is a vitally important skill, and we all want our students to excel in reading, writing, and more! The families came out, the teachers stayed late, and CPN came ready to help. The result? More than 100 students had a truly meaningful night that was fun, educational, and memorable. Family Literacy Nights like these are what instills a lifelong love of learning in children; a key component of future success.
To find out more about how you can support future Family Engagement Nights like this, click here to join the Promise!