Canfield Local Schools host Literacy Night

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.C.H. Campbell Elementary School kindergarten teacher Tammy Sabrin read a book to kindergartners and their families during the school’s Literacy Night.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Second-grader Giuliana Sebastiani and her mother, Michelle, visited the Book Tasting in the library during the school’s Literacy Night.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.C.H. Campbell Elementary School first-grade teacher Alyssa Carbon read a poem to first-graders and their families during the school’s Literacy Night on April 11.

By ABBY SLANKER

neighbors@vindy.com

The Canfield Local School District hosted a Family Literacy Night for families at C.H. Campbell Elementary School on April 11.

The evening began with an informative glimpse into the instructional practices that form the curriculum with a visit to a classroom to see them in action.

C.H. Campbell Elementary School Principal Travis Lavery welcomed the students and their families.

“Good evening and thank you for coming. We have a very interesting night planned. You will get to see what literacy looks like in the Canfield School District. You will gain an understanding of literacy and will be able to keep supporting your child at home. Carol Young, our district literacy coach for grades K through eight, came on board about five years ago to guide a transition in Canfield. Students weren’t learning in ways that would push them further. Carol started looking at ways to improve our curriculum, and we now use guided reading. This night would not be possible without Carol. I would also like to thank our teachers. They are the most professional and dedicated teachers. They put in a lot of hard work to make tonight a success” Lavery said.

Lavery then turned the floor over to Young, who further explained the events of the evening.

“Welcome. I can’t wait to see how you feel about our first family night,” Young said.

After a short video, Young dismissed the students and their families to their classrooms to engage in literacy games and experiences in two pre-selected stations.

Stations included Make-it Take-it word games and story time for kindergartners, poem reading for first grade, I Have Who Has for third-graders, Jeopardy for fourth-graders and Book Tasting in the library for all grades.

The library was set up like a restaurant, complete with reservations, select seating and menus with questions pertaining to the books stacked on the tables. The books were categorized by grade level and genres, such as informational, realistic fiction, fairytales, fantasy, biography, animal fantasy and folktales.

Lavery said the idea of Literacy Night came from last year’s Math Night.

“We held a Math Night last year and gave everyone exit tickets to fill out when it was over and from that feedback, the biggest request we received from parents was for a Literacy Night. So, Carol stared working with the teachers to plan this night three months ago. We had 140 people RSVP for this event, so we are pleased with that number for the first year,” Lavery said.

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