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PHOTOS: Richfield's Centennial Elementary Holds 2nd Annual Literacy Night

In an effort to emphasize literacy, teachers joined students and their families for a night of reading, ice cream and prizes.

Educators gathered with students and their families at Tuesday night for the school’s second annual Literacy Night. School officials estimated that more than 200 individuals attended.

The evening featured a series of readings by teachers and others–including a police officer and two members of the fire department–before prizes were raffled off in the school cafeteria during an ice cream social donated by Culver’s. Participating students were eligible to win prizes ranging from outdoor toys to several new bicycles.

Lee Ann Wise, principal at Centennial Elementary, was pleased with the event’s attendance.

“Getting our families out and meeting new people, learning the importance of reading–that’s this event,” she said. “We always have great family support and turnout.”

Beginning at 6:15 p.m., students could choose to listen to one of 10 or more stories being read by an adult in classrooms scattered through the elementary school.  Some of the titles included, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and “Officer Buckle and Gloria."

The readings concluded in 7 p.m. and the students and their parents were invited to the the cafeteria for ice cream and prizes.

Literacy Night is one of several family nights the school sponsors throughout the year, according to Wise. All family nights are aimed at getting parents more involved in their children’s education. The school's next family night will be a “Spring Fling" on May 26. 

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