W.E. Parker Elementary School partnered with the Edgefield County Library to host the second annual Family Reading Night on Thursday, September 21. Gaye Holmes, principal, was pleased that the school and the library worked together to promote this event.  She commented, “It is important for our students to become involved in our community and for our community to take interest in our children.”

The event was a successful attempt to enrich children’s lives through literature, to engage parents with their children, and to inspire all to read.  The evening began with read alouds by WEP teachers.  Child Development heard The Crayon Book That Talked by Shane DeRolf and Reading Makes You Feel Good by Todd Parr.  First and second graders were read A Porcupine Named Fluffy by Helen Lester.  Finally, grades 3-5 heard Hurricane Katrina, 2005 a book from Lauren Tarshis’ I Survived Series.

     After the read alouds, parents and their children were given the opportunity to choose a book and read together, while others enjoyed looking for books on the shelves to check-out to take home.  Several parents signed their children up for a library card for the very first time.

Each child received a free Scholastic book, purchased by WEP, to take home.  Seventy-five students, parents, and teachers attended this fun evening of reading for the whole family.

A wonderful quotation on the library wall captured the essence of Family Reading Night:  “You may have tangible wealth untold.  Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.  Richer than I you can never be~I had a mother who read to me.”

Pictured: Top: Jenny Mims (teacher), Earl Freeman, Lindsi Rhodes (teacher), Lindy O’Sullivan Bottom left: Kiyanah Bibbs and her father, Addison Robertson and her mother.  Middle: Chloe Stevenson and her grandmother.  Bottom right: Deacon and Madden Donlon.


For more information visit our website, http://wep.edgefield.k12.sc.us or our Facebook page.