With Morrison’s ELA Family Reading Night utilizing the theme “Reading is Out of this World,” it’s a sure bet attendees had fun. Despite stormy weather conditions, a total of 66 students, parents, grandparents and teachers gathered in the Morrison School library for activities and prizes.
According to principal Kim Cantrell this event is a way to include parents in their child’s education development.
“Parents need to be involved with their children to develop their reading skills,” said Cantrell. “Our crowd was wonderful tonight, and the excitement is evident.”
The reading night was co-chaired by teacher Christy Farless and reading interventionist Valerie Tidwell, with them choosing the theme in part because of the interest in the recent eclipse. The night included various game stations for the children and their parent or grandparent, story time and the drawing for various prizes. A simulated space ship was a fun place for mini photo sessions.
Trisha Walker brought her son, Hayden Spears, to the school to enjoy the activities. Spears admits he is not an avid reader, but enjoys reading his favorites. His pastime is working on the family farm.
“He had rather be on the farm, working with the cows, horses or driving the tractor,” said Walker. “I do stress to him the importance of reading about things that interest him.”
Every student in attendance was able to take home a very nice book, all complimentary and provided by the organizers. In keeping with the theme, they also were provided a Moon Pie and a Milky Way candy bar.
“The free book is wonderful,” said parent Cori Reed. “My son, Cason, is in first grade and we are here because it’s important to be involved in school activities.
Lucky students taking home extra gifts were: Hayden Spears, 2017-18 yearbook; Wyatt Reed, fall picture package; Braxton King, spring picture package; Caysen Starkey and Kiara Harrell, Topz shirts; and John Christopher Cardin and Aly Barnes, Topz gift cards.