How to run a great end-of-year literacy event

 //  Jun 23, 2014

How to run a great end-of-year literacy event

With the school year wrapping up for most students, what better way to celebrate than with a family literacy event? It is a great way to bring families together to continue to build your learning community. You can recognize the year’s achievements and kick off summer activities.

The top 5 things that make a great literacy event:

  1. GREAT BOOK: Start with a great book, one with exciting pictures or an intriguing story line.  Read it with passion and ask lots of questions. Follow the read aloud with a quick discussion to review the book and extend the learning.
  2. INTERACTIVE ACTIVITIES: Follow up the read aloud with fun interactive activities that spark everyone’s interests. Anything from writing to acting or drawing can keep the learning going.
  3. WORKING TOGETHER: Provide opportunities to share and work together. Everyone has something to offer and each of us have different experiences. Working together allows for everyone to play a part of the learning.
  4. GOOD COMMUNITY COLLABORATIONS: Partnering with other organizations and businesses in the community can help make the event stronger. Community partners can provide volunteers, activity space, educational resources or refreshments.
  5. OPPORTUNITY TO PRACTICE AT HOME: After families have had a great time at the literacy event, share resources or activities they can do together at home. Giving families the chance to do some of the same types of activities they just experienced allows them to work together.

New York City’s PS 7, the I Have a Dream Foundation – NY and the Scholastic FACE (Family and Community Engagement) group teamed up to host a Literacy Event to celebrate a great year. On an early Saturday morning in East Harlem about 30 students and their families showed up in the school library for literacy event. Students participated in a great read aloud of the book What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page. After a quick book discussion the students and their families did three great activities in the cafeteria and then went home with three books and more activities for home.

Program Director Nancy Restrepo-Wilson summed it up when she said, "I loved the opportunity to make reading fun and accessible to families as they support their children. Indeed, we are grateful for this opportunity and look forward to more in the future.”