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The early bird catches the book worm

Christine StanleySierra Sun

Early readers and young book worms alike will have the opportunity to write their own stories, hear tales read aloud and discover new favorites at an upcoming family reading night.Hosted by the Truckee Elementary Parent Teacher Organization, Family Reading Night will provide a forum for both English- and Spanish-speaking families to gather and learn. The idea is to build a love and culture of reading and to have an event thats fun for everyone regardless of reading level, language or age, said Truckee Elementary parent Phebe Bell. While Family Reading Night is intended to be a fun and relaxing community event, by nature it will also serve as a much-needed space for language and literacy development. Nearly 20 percent of students in the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District speak Spanish as their primary language. But, according to the California English Learner Development Test administered to local students in 2006, just 7 percent of second and third grade Spanish-speaking students met the State Board of Educations criteria for English proficiency.Research shows that the number-one avenue to literacy is reading and reading with your children, said Martha Starks, a third-grade teacher at Truckee Elementary. Many people are very busy and they dont have time to read to their children, so we want to show them the beauty and the magic of reading to your child from day one. Family Reading Night is the first event of its kind at Truckee Elementary, Bell said, but it will likely not be the last for this school year. As a thank you for attending the event, and to inspire a love of reading at home, children will also receive a free book. Hopefully this can get people excited about doing literacy activities in their own setting, Bell said.

The Truckee Elementary Parent Teacher Organization is seeking participation from community members who would like to host an activity booth at Family Reading Night. The PTO is looking for at least 20 different booth activities that range from book making, to reading, puppet shows, storytelling, dressing in costumes and more. To host a booth, contact Phebe Bell at 587-1776 or Martha Starks at 582-2650 x 3625.Gently-used book donations are also sought. Bring English- or Spanish-language books such as early readers, beginning chapter books or picture books to the front office at Truckee Elementary.

Family Reading NightFriday, March 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. Truckee Elementary School