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Students and parents invited to Lancaster Literacy Night

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By Hannah Strong

Lancaster’s Literacy Night this Thursday will give parents and students the chance to win prizes, play games and learn about how area schools are building reading and writing skills.
Nine Lancaster-area schools will have booths with exhibits and activities, including book giveaways, student work and a photo booth.
The event is from 6-7:30 p.m. at Lancaster High School, 625 Normandy Rd., Lancaster.
“The night should be a lot of fun,” said Marie Johnson, Lancaster High reading coach. “All our area schools have worked hard to sponsor entertaining literacy activities.”
There will be refreshments and drawings for prizes.
The event is part of the Lancaster County School District’s push to improve student reading and writing skills in all subject areas.
“We’re hoping parents and students from all Lancaster schools will join us that night to find out about how important literacy skills are in every subject they take,” Johnson said.

School-sponsored events
• A.R. Rucker Middle – Photos of students during schoolwide “read-alouds” of "Pay it Forward" and "The Honest Truth." Participants will share ways they’ll pay it forward and write a haiku of their own about topics like books, reading, school or spring using the novels as springboards. Former Rucker RAMs on the Lancaster High varsity baseball team will read “Casey at the Bat.”
• Brooklyn Springs Elementary – Book giveaway with a bookmark. Participants can make a bookmark using reading strategies.
• Clinton Elementary – Book "tasting" and a showcase of content-integrated units.
• Discovery School – Multiple intelligence activities, with students in charge of the booth, leading activities that connect to the multiple intelligences, like hands-on or listening activities.
• Erwin Elementary – A reader’s theater and a photo booth.
• Lancaster High – Booths featuring student work from every content area: math, English, social studies, science, fine arts, CATE, foreign language and student support, with all booths answering the question: How does literacy impact learning in our content? A graffiti wall will also be in the gym lobby, and clubs will sell snacks.
• North Elementary – Hands-on activities highlighting the school’s use of technology with literacy instruction.
• South Middle – A bingo card/passport for each family to have stamped at each station. The cards will be collected at the end of the night to go into a drawing for literacy baskets for each reading level – primary, intermediate, upper. Students can choose the basket that best suits their reading level.
• Southside Early Childhood Center – A scavenger hunt with a pre-reading emphasis for families to complete together.

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