Family reading night wraps up Reading Matters week

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Rowan-Salisbury School System
SALISBURY — The Rowan-Salisbury School System wrapped up its week-long Reading Matters literacy initiative Monday with Family Reading Night at each of the five high schools.
Hundreds of elementary students and their families turned out to enjoy activities facilitated by middle and high school student volunteers.
“In addition to promoting a love of reading, Family Reading Night was a great opportunity for graduation awareness for our elementary and middle school students,” Superintendent Dr. Judy Grissom said. “With high schools hosting the event, elementary and middle school students had the chance to hear principals talk about the importance of staying in school and what high schools have to offer.”
During the event, students were also able to tour high schools by walking down the halls to participate in various activities.
Faith Elementary School will receive a visit from Ms. Frizzle and the Scholastic Magic School Bus for being the school with the highest attendance during Family Reading Night.
Each day during Reading Matters week, students in all grades listened to the same story being read by school system employees or community members via closed circuit TV or interactive whiteboard. Students also participated in activities both in and out of the classroom that related to reading and the state curriculum. The district sponsored contests and dress-up days to add to the fun.
“The entire Reading Matters event was a huge success,” Grissom said.
Kelly Feimster, the district’s media and academically and intellectually gifted director, coordinated the Reading Matters events