Dobbins students learn literacy lessons


Neighbors | Natalie Scott.Laura Smith, one of the staff members that helped lead activities for Family Literacy Night at Dobbins Elementary School Jan. 17, read the story that students would use to fill out their story glove.


Neighbors | Natalie Scott.Owen Puhl (right) and his mom, Courtney, enjoyed using the Story Glove to analyze events, characters, and settings in stories at Dobbins Elementary School Jan. 17.


Neighbors | Natalie Scott.Third-grader Wyatt Bobbey ate a cookie and played Bingo at Dobbins Elementary School's Family Literacy Night Jan. 17.


Neighbors | Natalie Scott.Carmen (left) and Connor Maze worked in the computer lab to finish a literary activity at Dobbins Elementary School's Family Literacy Night.


Neighbors | Natalie Scott.Maria (left) and Antonio Medina started their Family Literacy Night with Making Words and Sentences, a game where children could form words and sentences using magnetic letters on a cookie pan.


Dobbins Elementary School first- and third-grade students enjoyed a night of family fun and reading at the Family Literacy Night Jan. 17. Dobbins has been having its literacy night for more than 10 years, ever since Dobbins Principal Cheryl Borovitcky came to the school.

“This annual event promotes the importance of literacy for our first- and third-grade students,” said Borovitcky. “Our students and their parents practice a variety of reading skills while having fun together.”

As part of the event, the students were divided and sent to different parts of the school where there were six stations set up to cater to their reading level needs. The first-graders enjoyed such activities as Storyteller, led by librarian Amanda Kollar from the Poland library; Making Words and Sentences, Word Sorts, Sight Word Bingo, Cookie and a Book, and Story Glove, which separated the parts of a story (settings, characters, events) onto fingers and other parts of a glove.

Third-grade students enjoyed a computer activity, Bingo and a Cookie, Word Ladders, Homophones, Word Sorts, and Hot Dots.

Students had 12 minutes at each station before a bell rang to let parents and children know that it was time to move on to the next area. Throughout the evening, names were drawn at random and children could pick prizes from a table.

The Family Literacy Night was made possible with help from parents, PTO volunteers, and Dobbins staff members, who donated their time to work at the stations.

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