On Wednesday, February 6, over 200 people attended the Winlock Miller Elementary second Reading Night. Reading Night is funded by Title 1 and LAP which are federal and state government funded supplemental service programs designed to help students grow in academics.
Meg Matheson, the Title 1 Lap Coordinator at Winlock Miller Elementary, clarified the purpose of the evening by stating "tonight's literacy activities are meant to help engage families in the practice of reading and writing and to help parents understand the need for helping kids learn at home."
Throughout the night parents and students visited their favorite teachers' classrooms and participated in themed activities. After completion of an activity, students received a stamp on a bingo card that could be redeemed for a prize at the end of the evening.
There were many different themes on Reading Night. One theme was camping, which emphasized buddy reading. In Meade's classroom where older students read to younger students. Another theme was Dr. Seuss in Slorey's classroom. Slorey expanded one of the benefits of Reading Night by stating "parents reading with their kids at home is a way to bond." Contreras and Luna's room had an online gaming theme where students practiced bilingual literacy on Chromebooks.
Rupp's room was warm and cozy with pillows laid out and a video of a fire burning. To go with all of the different themes every room had something in common; a happy and caring teacher was there to help the children and parents come together in reading.
Among some of the parents was a loving grandparent named Rhonda M, who has lived in the community for 10 years. She said, "I think Winlock schools are wonderful, my grandchildren love the teachers and I think they are pretty cool too." Another bright and friendly face was John Allison. When John was asked if he was happy to be at Reading Night, he responded with an excited "oh yeah."
Throughout the night Dr. Omar Flores walked the halls and engaged with those at the event. Near the end of the evening, Flores stated to the Town Crier "these nights are so important because we have to connect with the community. If parents are engaged in their children's education, then their children will be engaged in school."
Winlock Miller Elementary had a fun and enthusiastic atmosphere throughout the night. Community members are welcome to make an appointment and visit the school.