A Unique Family Engagement Solution

By Patricia Crain de Galarce, Principal E.W. Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School 

When families are involved at school, students achieve more and schools thrive. Scholastic's Read and Rise® program offers the perfect family engagement solution... just ask E.W. Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School, which hosted a Read and Rise Book Fair last month.

The event kicked-off with a Scholastic Book Fair, followed by a research-based Family Fun Time workshop where families learned how to help their children become strong readers and learners. Afterward, families created their own books together during a build-a-book make-and-take activity. Plus, every student received a $5.00 Reading Certificate to pick out their own book at the Fair thanks to Title 1 funding and the generosity of local business sponsors.

"Families got information and there was a hands-on component. There was some modeling done. There was a take-away. There was excitement, and it ended with the Book Fair, where everyone got to walk away with books," said Principal Patricia Crain de Galarce.

"It was an event that had the capacity to cut across income levels," adds Eleanore Simms, Parent Coordinator. "It got parents and kids excited about reading. And it got them excited about doing it together."

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