Literacy Night brings out hundreds of Eastwood Elementary parents

Evan Goodenow | Oberlin News-Tribune

About 159 parents, 10 volunteers each from Oberlin High School and Oberlin College and about 20 teachers read to students at Eastwood Elementary School on Family Literacy Night last Thursday. The night included pizza and snacks before reading began.

Literacy nights have been held in November and March at the PK-2 school since 2013, said Cheryl Lawrie, a reading specialist and teacher at the school. The goal is encouraging children to read more by having their parents read to them at Eastwood and at home. Sports-related books were promoted with one class reading baseball-themed books and another reading basketball-themed books. Some students also read stories to their parents that the children had written.

“It’s just a great relationship between us and the families,” Lawrie said. “We just make it fit our community and the needs of our kiddos.”