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Parents attend workshop

Friday, February 29, 2008

Leo and Pat French attended the Jackson Township Elementary School adult program Thursday night to help their great-grandson, 6-year-old Jesse French, succeed in school. The program focused on reading at home with children. Melinda Quasius Photo.
The staff of Jackson Township Elementary School hosted a successful workshop for parents of young children Thursday night.

Twenty adults, and several children, began the night with a free chili supper in the cafeteria. With the food came a healthy dose of learning, as well.

The program targeted parents of children ages pre-school to second grade to emphasize the importance of reading at home.

According to Principal Jeff Fritz, the staff taught both parents and children nursery rhymes, tips for reading out loud and why students should read at home.

The staff has been working with an instructional book, "Annual Growth for All Students, Catch-up Growth for Those Who Are Behind," since the beginning of the school year.

Several teachers read examples from the book, explaining why working at home with kids is so important to success in school.

Fritz finished the presentation by talking with parents about how fast the window passes where reading at home can make a large difference.

"From the comments we heard, parents were moved by thinking about how fast this time goes," Fritz said.

He said because of the success of the program, the staff is considering doing a similar program for Kindergarten Roundup, which has yet to be scheduled.

The program was provided free of charge by the school and offered parents of pre-school students a chance to sign up for school library cards.

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