EAST LIVERPOOL – North Elementary School offers a free literacy program to help parents get involved in their children’s education. Taco ‘Bout Literacy will take place on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Parents and children in kindergarten through first grade attend Wednesdays from 5-7 p.m. Parents and children in grades two through four attend Elementary School Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
After an unconventional past few years for many children due to the pandemic, a program like this could be helpful for families, kindergarten teacher Brittney Marino said. “A lot of students who may not have come to school for those few years or were learning at home, this is their first year back in school, so it’s a great opportunity for us to fill in a lot of the learning gaps they might have because of this and get everyone on the right track,” she says.
The materials available will be targeted to the specific needs of each child, beyond grade-appropriate materials. “We offer them specific activities for their child”, Said Marin. “All of their teachers have filled out surveys to tell us where the kids are now and what skills they need to work on, which gives us the opportunity to not only give them information, but also demonstrate, show them how to practice at home, ways to help their children, and we provide all the materials for all the activities they see.
Kindergarten teacher Carly Warnock said parents will get a reader profile specific to their child and let them know where they need to go. “So if it’s phonics that they’re going for, this piece, it will tell them what skill level they need to go to and it will also help not only to give everyone the same grade level material, but to really differentiate for each student. specific needs”, she says. “It’s targeted”
Marino said most of the program is funded by a grant. “The program is called Together Teachers and Parents Partnering and it falls under that umbrella,” Said Marin. “We got a parent involvement grant, which is how it’s all funded, to get parents involved. It’s just money that we use to involve families in the school.
She said they also received more than $1,000 in contributions from community partners. “So local businesses or individuals who were donating,” Said Marin. “And it all went towards prizes for the families that they can win that night, they all get free tickets when they come, and they can enter to win any of those baskets. They all have literacy books or games or family centered items.
A bus line is available throughout the neighborhood for anyone who needs it. There will be free tacos from Fresh on Fifth. And, so parents can focus on learning, free childcare will be available. “Sunshine Party Rental brings an inflatable slide,” Warnock said. “It will be in the gymnasium with our art teacher, Mrs. Talbot, who has a craft in the gymnasium for all the children. Our high school management team comes in to volunteer their time to help with child care in the gym and just to help entertain the kids so parents can be child-free and really focus on learning ways to help their students at home.
And, hoping the kids think about summer reading, Marino said Kim Blevins of the Carnegie Public Library will be there. “She will give a brief demonstration and talk to the children about the summer reading program which will start soon,” Said Marin.
Warnock said the materials were so beautiful that she would like some of the items herself. She said the activities are fun. “We have so many awesome activities that teachers have come up with and they’re all fun, so it’s not like pulling teeth for kids to do this at home,” she says. “They’re game-based and practical.”
Anyone with questions can call the school at (330) 386-8772.