NZ hosts 'Camp-Read-A-Lot'

Posted 10/1/19

North Zulch Elementary School held their annual Literacy Night and Scholastic Book Fair on Sept. 19 with a camping theme in an effort to get their students and families excited about reading in a fun atmosphere.

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NZ hosts 'Camp-Read-A-Lot'

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North Zulch Elementary School held their annual Literacy Night and Scholastic Book Fair on Sept. 19 with a camping theme in an effort to get their students and families excited about reading in a fun atmosphere.

“Literacy Nights have been going on for quite some time,” said North Zulch Elementary Principle Janie Pope. “It is part of the parent-family engagement that we do to make sure that we are fostering a good working relationship between the home and school. It is one of those things that we can do to get parents involved in their child’s education and let them see some of the great things going on in the school.”

Teachers and staff were able to reinforce literacy skills through hands-on activities while offering parents suggestions on how to help their children at home. Classrooms and hallways at the elementary campus were transformed into ‘Camp Read-A-Lot’, complete with tents, campfires and s’mores.

Upon entering the campground, students and their families were given a camper’s badge and a map to guide them through campsites filled with reading games, writing activities and listening centers.

“The kids were very excited when the teachers began to set up their little campsites outside of their rooms,” said Pope. “We had some door prizes that we gave away to help grow that incentive to come, but they would have come no matter what. They were just excited about it.”

Kathryn Knotts, who attended ‘Camp Read-A-Lot’ with her four-year-old son Cade, expressed her thanks to the staff for the event.

“The enthusiasm for teaching and love for the students was demonstrated over and over at each station,” said Knotts. “It was amazing to watch all of the students be so enthusiastic about reading. I am confident that this is due, in large part, to the excitement these teachers instill in students on a daily basis.”

According to NZISD, this year’s event saw more than three times as many attendees from 2018’s Literacy Night. They held their book fair on the same night, which also contributed to the increase in attendance.

“Parents are so busy with so many different activities,” said Pope. “Any time we can coordinate among those activities and hold them in conjunction with one another, it helps them to be able to come for one night and visit both of those events. They are both great things to foster literacy skills with our students.”

The event’s success has the teachers and staff already planning their next family night. It will be a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) event that is scheduled to be held in the spring.

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