Family literacy night April 15 at Newnan High

by Celia Shortt


The second annual Community Family Literacy Night will be held at Newnan High School on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m., in conjunction with Atkinson Elementary, Smokey Road and Evans Middle schools. In Newnan High School’s Literacy Cafe´, students KeAndrea Lewis and Jamarcus Talley talk with with Evans Middle School teacher Ame Whitlock, foreground; in the background, student Kyle Williams talks with Newnan High Literacy Coordinator Kelli Sowerbrower. 

The second annual Community Family Literacy Night will be held at Newnan High School on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m.

This event is in conjunction with Atkinson Elementary School, Smokey Road Middle School, and Evans Middle School and is free and open to parents, students and teachers.

“The attendance and response we got last year was beyond our expectations,” said Kelli Sowerbrower, one of the event’s organizers and Newnan High School’s Literacy Coordinator.

This year’s event is geared toward growing students’ interest in reading and literature and providing parents and teachers with tools and strategies to help.

Because last year’s literacy night was so successful, Newnan High School expanded its literacy efforts by starting a “reading buddies” program with Atkinson Elementary. Through it, NHS students mentor Atkinson students. NHS students have also worked with local literacy group Certified Literate is Coweta’s Key – CLICK – and helped parents working to earn their GED.

Some of their future plans are to start a “classics from the classroom” project at Newnan’s Carnegie Library, which will be for teenage audiences.

In addition to Sowerbrower, this year’s event is again organized by Newnan High School Media Specialist Kathie Vickers, Evans Middle School teacher Ame Whitlock, and Smokey Road Middle School teacher Angie Markham.

Tuesday’s literacy program will include:

• A performance by storyteller Rob Cleveland.

• Local authors including Cathy Lee Phillips, Beau Sides, Mike Ottensmeyer, Melissa Dickson Jackson, and Victoria Wilcox.

• A panel discussion on the importance of reading in vocations.

• A Skype discussion with Caroline Harkleroad on social media entrepreneurship.

• A Children’s Literacy Room sponsored by Atkinson Elementary.

• Information on reading strategies and technology.

• Music and literacy displays sponsored by Coweta Public Libraries.

• A scavenger hunt for VIP readers.

• Cinch bags with goodies for the first 100 families.

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