Family Literacy Night at Newnan High set

by Staff Reports


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Students, parents and teachers are invited to Newnan High School’s Community Family Literacy Night on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Newnan High campus. Organizers are Newnan High media specialist Kathi Vickers, left, and teacher Kelli Sowerbrower, right.

Newnan High School will hold a Community Family Literacy Night Tuesday from 6-8 p.m.

Planned in partnership with Smokey Road and Evans middle schools, the evening is free and open to parents, students and teachers. Highlights will include:

• A performance by Slam Poet Tasha Jones

• Pictures with Atlanta Braves mascot Homer

•A scavenger Hunt for celebrity readers

• Local author Michael Ottensmeyer (”Melon Boys”)

• Work by local artists

• Information on reading strategies

• Information on reading and technology

• Cinch bags with goodies for the first 100 families who attend.

Light refreshments will also be offered during the event, which is geared towards engaging students with reading and literature and providing parents and teachers with tools and strategies to promote a love of reading in students of various ages.

The evening – which is also the celebrated birthdate of William Shakespeare – is funded by grants from the National Center for Family Literacy and the Reading is the Way Up Fund, and local sponsors including Lindsey’s Realtors, Southtowne Motors of Newnan, Toyota of Newnan, Progressive Heating and Air, the Wyndham Peachtree Conference Center, Diane Parker Allstate Insurance, United Bank , LaFiesta Mexican Restaurant, Lighthouse Committee, P-Fish Partners, Inc., and ORTHOATLANTA, Promotional Graphix and Newnan Utilities.

The program is organized by Newnan High Literacy Coordinator Kelli Sowerbrower and media specialist Kathi Vickers. In addition to winning grants for the organization of the literacy night, the pair also won a Coweta-Fayette EMC Bright Ideas grant which established Newnan High’s first “Literacy Café” reading room.

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