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HARMONY: Family Literacy Night held

by NICOLE ELLI, Gazette Student News Reporter on April 04, 2014 10:40 AM

WESTOVER — On Tuesday, Harmony School District held its first Family Literacy Night. It was a night full of activities and fun.

There were three workshops to attend: Read and Rise; Reading Matters; and Shaw Public Library. The Pre-K families attended the Read and Rise program, which stressed the importance of parents reading with their younger children. It also taught parents how to include literacy in their everyday life. Jaclyn Miller, the district literacy coach/reading specialist, presented this workshop.

The Reading Matters workshop was meant for kindergarten through fifth-grade families. The program was presented by Dr. Patti Sollenberger and Dr. Lynne Dorfman, who presented fun activities that the families could take home and enjoy.

The Shaw Public Library from Clearfield presented the workshop for grades six through 12. They showed families how to use the new digital book collection, so students can experience books without going to the library.

All of the workshops had refreshments, and door prizes were given away.

Miller said, “This was the perfect opportunity for the community to come see the new literacy room in the school. This room is going to become very important in the years to come as all grade levels will be able to utilize this room. We purchased new desktop computers, iPads, tablets and laptops that students will be able to use. We are currently working on getting the book checkout system up and running so students can take out library books. This room will eventually be opened a couple of times each month in the evenings for families to use along with their children. In addition, there is a parent resource section that includes information on homework, study habits, literacy, bullying, parent-teacher conferences, etc.”

The new Family Literacy Night taught families that there is fun in reading.

The volunteers perform

Harmony got an afternoon full of music when the Volunteers Army rock band came and performed on March 17. The Volunteers tour more than 100 days each year. Their goal is to bring a powerful message of patriotism to all of their audiences, whether they are large or small. The band of six played various popular songs, including “Everybody Talks,” by Neon Trees, and “Don’t Stop Believin’,” by Journey.

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