Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Salisbury Academy’s kindergarten, first and second grade students and their families recently went on a Safari Expedition of reading and writing fun. The Reading Night is an annual event that encourages families to spend quality time reading and writing with their children.
Parents and children spent a fun evening together, reminding them of the joys of reading. This event is a great promotion of literacy and creates a sense of community for our school.
“I thought the night was a lot of fun, and it was great to see how excited my almost-6-year-old is about learning and school. It was definitely the highlight of her week. I thought it was excellent,” stated Bryan Wymbs, kindergarten parent.
Parents played games, wrote stories and read with their children while learning about the strategies and methods that are presented in the classrooms.
Traci Williams, first grade parent, added, “It was obvious a lot of time and effort was put into planning the event. I am very impressed with all the detail that was given to the event … the best part was being able to go into each classroom and see how the children are being taught on a daily basis.”
The children are exposed to quality literature and parents are provided with new ideas and concepts of how to support their children’s literacy learning at home. Most importantly, because the parents participate in this event, children become aware that reading is an interesting and worthwhile pursuit.
Aleashia Brandon summed up the evening, “The Reading Safari Family Night was a great time for the students to come out and learn together in a fun atmosphere. The themed environment made the night much more engaging, as the students were dressed in Safari attire. The learning stations, the food and the interaction for both the students and parents were a real treat.”
Salisbury Academy is a member of the Core Knowledge Network and Foundation (www.coreknowledge. org) and the National Association of Independent Schools. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Independent Schools (
For more information, contact Betty Kuvinka, Admissions Director, at 704-636-3002 or email bkuvinka@