If reading were an Olympic sport, Morrison School would be in the running for gold with its ninth annual ELA Family Reading Night.
The event was held last week before Warren County Schools were closed.
Morrison’s ELA department organized the night’s fun by theming it around the Olympics, a theme courtesy of Christy Farless.
“We came up with Family Reading Night the first year we moved to the new school,” said reading interventionist Valerie Tidwell. “We really made an effort to bring reading to the forefront when we came to the new school and we’ve made a committed effort to do this every August. Our goal is to let students see their teachers in the school, but a different environment different from the classroom.”
Despite the current COVID climate, many families showed up to enjoy the evening. Typically, the Family Reading Night takes place in the library, but to allow the families the ability to space out more, they moved to the cafeteria.
Each table was outfitted with inflatable torches to set the scene while students and their families were invited to play a game of Bingo based on the many sports of the Olympics. When they got Bingo, they were allowed to pick out two books of their very own to take home.
“As a reading interventionist, it’s so great to see the kids here with their parents having a good time,” said Tidwell. “We’re here to foster that connection and if we can make things a little easier on parents, we’re happy to do it.”
Also in attendance was Christie Allison from Imagination Library, handing out candy and books to the children. She was able to sign up some of the younger children who had accompanied their older siblings for Imagination Library, which seeks to place books in the hands of young children. Each month, children under 5 years of age who are enrolled in Imagination Library receive a book in the mail free of charge.
When all of the books had been claimed, the students and their families dispersed with large stacks of books in hand, including fourth-grader Charlotte Saldana of Mrs. Murphy‘s class who could barely hold her haul. “I really like reading,” said Charlotte. “I mainly like to read the Greek mythology and Egypt mythology, but I’ll read random books, too.”