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A Little Old, A Little New: Literacy Night at CDSE

Literacy Night is back at Searcy Elementary from 5-7 p.m. on April 3 and the slate of fun activities just keeps adding up — literally — as math has been included this year, as well as reading. The number attending is on the increase, too. About 400 people shared in activities the first and second years. Even more family, grandparents and friends are expected for this third year evening event, which features education, fun and food.

“We are looking forward to another exciting year,” said Debbie Sweatman, one of the Title reading teachers for the elementary. “It is so exciting to see how the teachers and the community come together to enjoy an evening devoted to learning. We could not offer this event without the dedicated elementary staff and volunteers from the high school and community. The parents have been so supportive about attending… it is just an overall enjoyable evening.”

Please register at the main doors, new commons, or sixth grade doors. The K-6 class with the highest percent of participation will receive a class party. So, be sure to sign in.

Pre-kindergarten, early childhood and PAT will register and have their program in the trailer, then join everyone else in the elementary for other activities and food.

Come join the inner circle as Mark Corwin and members of the Tribe of Mic-O-Say share their knowledge and skill through festive demonstrations.

“These dedicated and talented young men are a must see,” said Mrs. Sweatman.

Jeremy Ripple and Garrett Trunk will share how reading can be helpful in the area of music through “Listen to the rhythm with PG&J.”

A new area of literacy will be introduced to students through Debbie Lutzky Allen and the Parasol Puppets. Mrs. Allen has been teaching puppetry and performing all over the United States since 1979.

Math literacy is new this year. Each classroom K-6 will have an interesting and engaging grade appropriate math activity.

School Counselor Shonna Morrison, will provide parents with PBS at Home activities. Positive Behavior Support, often called PBS, is not just for schools. Stop by during Literacy Night to see how you can use PBS to strengthen your child’s skill in Reading and Math.

The video this year “Reading is Awesome” is a parody of the popular song “What Does the Fox Say?”

Entering the book swap is easy, but please note the following: select one or two “gently used” books that you’re willing to trade; please mark out any personal names which may be on the book. Children are to bring books for swapping to school to give to their classroom teacher on or before March 27. Names of participants will be listed along with the number of books brought. The book swap will be conducted in the elementary school art room. Participants may swap one book for each one brought.

Come and go as you like to attend the new activities and the old favorites, including Book Walk; Computer Lab; Face Painting; Book Swap; Daviess County Library; Reader’s Theater; Bursting into Literacy; CHAMP will have free bookmarks.

Hot dog, chips, carrots and treats are free to everyone.

Bring your camera and take pictures. Free popcorn when you leave.

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