Peach Plains families focus on reading

Krystle Wagner • Nov 10, 2018 at 4:00 PM

GRAND HAVEN TWP. — Nearly 90 families gathered for dinner and an evening of reading activities at Peach Plains Elementary School this week.

Thursday’s family engagement event focused on reading. Fourth-grade teacher Annie Ratke said it was a way to engage families to create a common language and belief about reading at school and in homes. It’s also a way to build community, she said.

Ratke said the school’s staff and the Reading Now Network developed a legacy statement, “We are efficacious learners who think and care deeply. Through reflection, we are living out our reading lives.”

The event also provided an opportunity for educators to share how they can help select the right book for their child. With a focus on reading, English language arts and many options for children’s literature, questions crop up about how to choose the right book for each child, said fourth-grade teacher Aaron Klanderman.

Dave Taylor attended the event with his fourth-grade daughter, Joy. Taylor said he wanted to become a better mentor and partner with his daughter’s reading, which he said has grown over the past several months.

While parents gathered in the cafeteria, children participated in reading activities that would help their parents know about the types of books they might enjoy reading.

At the end of the evening, the children and parents had the chance to receive books through a raffle. The books were courtesy of the school’s PTO.

Jennifer Kenny, a literacy coach for Grand Haven Area Public Schools, thanked the PTO for their efforts and Pronto Pups for dinner.

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