November 24, 2015

BY TERI CAMPBELL
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – More than 100 local children and their families recently enjoyed an evening of entertainment and activities at the 10th Annual Family Reading Night hosted by John A. Logan College’s ECE 260 Parent Involvement class.  

Dr. Marilyn Toliver, professor of early childhood education at JALC, said the event promotes literacy and gives her students important hands-on experience.  

"November is National Family Literacy month so it’s the perfect time to hold this event,” Toliver said.  “My students worked on it throughout the semester and were responsible for planning all aspects, including the theme, food, decorations, and activities.  This was the biggest one we’ve had in terms of attendance, and I was so pleased with how it turned out.”

The event is coordinated in conjunction with the Logan Preschool to provide a parent involvement event for the children who attend there.  The theme for this year’s event was “Carnival Time.”  

“We decorated the conference center to look like a carnival and had a delicious meal,” Toliver said.  “We had lots of fun activities for the children as well, such as a musical book walk where children could win books, a make-a-book activity table, a large reading tent filled with children’s books, face painting, pin the nose on the clown, potato sack races, and more.

“The preschool children performed four action songs, which were really nice,” Toliver continued.  “We also had entertainment by Mr. Magic Man who did a magic show for the kids and Professor Play who made balloon animals and other characters for them.”  

Amanda Ransom of Du Quoin is a student in Toliver’s class and also works at the Logan Preschool.

“I thought it was a great event,” Ransom said.  “It gave us a chance to show the parents all the things we’ve been working on with the children this semester.  We displayed the children’s artwork and other projects they’ve done.  I’m also glad my husband and three children were able to attend.  They got to meet some of the people and children I work with and had a lot of fun”

Toliver said no child left Family Reading Night empty handed.

“The students solicited businesses and organizations for donations to use as door prizes, and we also collected plenty of books,” she said.  “Thanks to all the generous contributions each child went home with a bag full of treats and three or four books apiece.”

 

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