Piñon Hills promotes literacy
April 2, 2013
Piñon Hills Elementary School hosted literacy activities throughout March, culminating with the school's Family Literacy Night Book Fair on March 26.
The month-long celebration of literacy began with a kick-off on March 1, during which the entire school lined the hallways, read, and took the Read Across America oath.
Every Friday consisted of random reading drills as well as a hidden Dr. Seuss hat in the school. Students who found the hidden hats received an extra raffle ticket to a drawing for an Amazon Kindle Fire that took place at the Family Literacy Night.
The Family Literacy Night included literacy stations such as karaoke to practice reading with fluency, a bookmark creation center, and the "plant a seed" Lorax project.
Home Depot donated $25 towards seeds and soil for the Lorax project, where student planted a seed and took home directions on how to care for it.
"Parents were provided with the opportunity to purchase Papa Murphy's pizza cooked by teachers at the school so they could feed their families and have optimal time to attend all of the literacy centers with their children," said PHES reading specialist Hollie Harvey.
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Additionally, the PTO sponsored a Scholastic book fair to provide extra funding for school programs, and the Douglas County Astronomical Society hosted a star party for families.
Third-grader Kylie Pitts won the Amazon Kindle Fire offered in the raffle.
"Over 250 students and their families attended this successful event," said Harvey.