New Castle News


January 11, 2012

Union programs promote reading

NEW CASTLE — Two reading-themed events are coming up in the Union Area School District.

The Scottie Pups Literacy Program for pre-kindergarten students is scheduled for noon today and Jan. 18 in the all-purpose room of the elementary school.

Today’s program was to be centered around a story on robot snowmen read by Andrea Krarup, Pre-K teacher. The students also were to make a snowman that looks like a robot. In addition, they were to receive robot items and a copy of a winter book for their home library.

For the Jan. 18 program, students will be read a story about winter and owls. They will make a project and receive a copy of the book and other learning items.  Parents will receive literacy handouts to help their children at home.

Next up is Family Reading Week/Night, Jan. 23-27. The eighth annual reading celebration promotes literacy in the homes. The theme will be centered around writing: “The Write Stuff to Winter Writing.”

Throughout the week, several activities are  planned to work in conjunction with the theme. Each class is being asked to participate in an activity that encourages writing. This can be extended in the classroom within the curriculum and outside of the classroom by sharing experiences with other classes.

The annual Family Reading Night will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 26. Students will experience a variety of fun-filled activities. Parents will participate in a writing-encouraging workshop.The evening will end with  prizes and refreshments in the cafeteria.

Throughout the week, family members, friends, former students and community members will be encourged to come into the classroom and share or read favorite stories to the children.

Lori Jaworski-Connelly and Linda J. O’Neill are organizing the event, which is made possible through a grant obtained from Title I’s State Parent Advisory Committee.

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