Family Literacy Night |

Family Literacy Night

Some local students know that reading will take you places.

For Sopris Elementary student Dylan Hagan, literacy night meant winning a new snowboard.

Glenwood Springs and Sopris Elementary schools held their first joint family literacy night on Feb. 27 at GSES.

While the Parents in Education group provided a chili dinner so families did not have to plan around dinner at home, teachers created workshops that attracted more than 150 families to the school.

The seminars, which were presented in open house style, included classes such as, “Bridging Cultures Through Literacy,” Music to Enhance Learning; Technology and Literacy, and “Strengthening Your Body and Mind.”

The goal of the event, in conjunction with “I Love to Read Month” literacy month, was to integrate the two schools and have teachers present lessons together.

“It also helps the parents connect with their kids,” first grade teacher Stephanie West said.

Literacy teacher Dolores Montoya saw the evening as a collaboration between educators and parents to increase literacy levels for adults and families.

Jan Bevins agreed.

“Literacy affects all areas of our life, ” she said. “I really believe in education, we have to educate children so they can develop their potential.”

And that’s what she will be doing Oct. 15 when she heads to Nairobi, Kenya, as a missionary.

Teachers believe that when the family as a whole learns the importance of education, it benefits everyone.

Their best advice: “Read!”

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