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Family Engagement Month is celebrated with family activities

In celebration of National Family Engagement and National Family Literacy Month, the Title I department of Hampton City Schools provided over 6,626 Scholastic Grab and Go Take-Home Book Packs to students in the Title I schools.

The packet contained five authentic texts, a literacy skills journal, and a family guide to literacy that each student could take home and keep as their own.

In addition to the distribution of the Scholastic packs, many schools held other fun activities during the month. Some of these activities include the following:

Aberdeen Elementary School – They held a literacy pumpkin painting event. Families decorated a pumpkin to look like a character from one of the books that was in the take-home pack. Reading tips were also shared with families to help struggling readers.

Bassette Elementary School – WHRO representative Martha Razor is sharing a virtual presentation for students and families entitled Best Practices for Reading Tips. After the presentation, families will have the opportunity to try out the new strategies that they have just been introduced to.

Bryan Elementary School – The school kicked off Outstanding Bucks to inspire and encourage family engagement while supporting their village approach to building family equity. This is a new partnership with Community Builders Network (CBN) through the Community Services Board.

Mary T. Christian Elementary School – The school is providing a breakfast for families where they will choose a book from their take-home pack and read it together. Each family will leave with a packet of literacy activities and strategies to use at home with any text that they are reading.

Forrest Elementary School – In addition to the literacy packets, the school is also bringing social emotional learning skills as a Self-Care and Paint Night to bring awareness of how to manage your own mental health with a few self-care tips and a painting exercise.

Albert W. Patrick III Elementary School – A fall reading event was held that included sight word bingo, free books, and a writing journal. In addition, a representative from the Hampton Public Library shared free events in the community and encouraged library membership. 

Mary S. Peake Elementary School – The school will hold a Family Game Night that will create an atmosphere of fun and educational engagement. The event will model reading in family settings and they will distribute gratitude journals along with the Scholastic Learning Packets.

Syms Middle School – Students are encouraged to read books from their packs and complete the activities. Those who submit the activities will win various prizes. Classes that have 100% participation will be entered to win a pizza/cupcake activity.

Tarrant Middle School – Families and students will receive a certificate of participation for providing information about the books on their reading log. Names will be displayed outside the main office. The class with the most participation will receive an incentive.

“We want to encourage students to read more and help them build their home libraries,” said Chanda Epps, coordinator of family engagement for Hampton City Schools. “We want to create the opportunity for parents and children to spend quality time while also strengthening their reading comprehension, vocabulary, critical thinking, and conversation skills. These experiences also give our students the opportunity to listen to, discuss, and read books so that they will develop extensive background information which can serve as a platform from which to engage in their own independent reading. These packs also provide families with specific information, activities, and strategies to support learning at home.”