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Prehistoric learning: Families join reading event

Published Saturday, February 16, 2019
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Katelyn Clemans and Olivia Hill munch on cookies and listen to a story. Messenger photo by Richard Greene

Paradise Elementary School students and their parents took a trip back to the Jurassic Period Tuesday night during the campus’ Family Reading Night.

Teachers and staff members shared books and stories focused on dinosaurs with more than 20 families who participated.

DINO-MITE TIME – Dressed as a dinosaur, second-grade teacher Dawn Whitaker reads a story during Paradise Elementary’s Family Reading Night. Messenger photo by Richard Greene

“It went really well,” said Paradise Elementary librarian Lana McGehee. “We had some cute dinosaurs to present. We wanted to encourage students to read and love reading.”

McGehee said the annual event was usually held in the fall, but due to scheduling conflicts, it was moved to the spring to coincide with the campus’ book fair.

“It’s hard in the fall to find a good time with all the events going on,” she said. “We backed it up to the week of Valentine’s Day when we had the book fair.”

Among the titles presented Tuesday was “Dinosaurs Love Underpants” and “Edwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct.”

“There are so many good dinosaur books,” McGehee said. “Many of the teachers were doing some type of presentation. Some were even dressed up as dinosaurs.”

Families were moved through each presentation, which lasted 15 minutes apiece.

Getting parents involved and reading to their children McGehee said will pay dividends.

“The more family involvement, the better off the students will be,” McGehee said. “If a student is read to more, the more they love reading. We want to make sure we have families involved.”

The librarian added that it’s critical to get students reading on grade-level as early as possible.

“If a kid is not reading on grade level by the second grade, it’s hard to catch up,” McGehee said.

After the success of the Family Reading Night, the school will host Family STEM Night March 4.

“It’s another night of activities, and we’ll focus on math and science,” McGehee said.

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