Claremore Daily Progress

October 13, 2012

School reaches out to families with literacy emphasis

Rebecca Hattaway
Staff Writer


Claremont Elementary School students and their families will have the opportunity to enjoy a night of free pizza and fun while celebrating the importance of reading at the Fall Literacy Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 23.
“Our goal is to promote literacy and get families into the building, so we are planning lots of fun things to draw them in,” said Claudia Pierce, Claremont Library Media Specialist. “There are so many reasons why family involvement in student learning is such a pressing need. Parents are sometimes uncertain about what to do to help their children with homework. They may underestimate their own abilities or their importance in their child’s educational process.”
The Literacy Fair, which runs from 5-7 p.m., will include pizza, games, door prize drawings, educational booths and special guests.
Highlight of the evening will be a “Reader’s Theater” presented by teachers.
They will perform a mini-play of the book Duck for President by Doreen Cronin.
“We love doing ‘Reader’s Theaters’ here,” Pierce said. “But this time, instead of students doing the acting, they get to see the teachers perform!”
Teachers are also planning a variety of literacy activities throughout the building.
“In one of the activities, the families will get to read a book and then decorate a cookie as one of the characters from the book,” Pierce said. “One of our parents is an artist and will be doing an art demonstration as well.”
Former Claremont Principal Andy Hogan will be dressed as Will Rogers and tell stories of his life.
Students in Dr. Jennifer Holloway’s Children’s Literature class at Rogers State University will be part of the event, dressed up as book characters.
Drawings for door prizes will be made throughout the evening. Then at 6:30, the Grand Prize will be drawn: a “Literacy Basket,” made up of books, CDs, bookmarks, writing materials, T-shirts and more.
“We’re sure that some of our families experience cultural and language barriers that make them reluctant to communicate with the school,” Pierce said. “We hope to create a friendly environment in which everyone feels comfortable enough to participate. As educators, we are dedicated to doing all we can to connect with our families and include them in learning. If we can develop significant relationships with our parents, I believe we will see the literacy rate in our area skyrocket!”
It’s not too late to make reservations for pizza. Call the school or send a note with your child with the number of family members who will be eating.
For more information, call Claremont at (918) 923-4202.