The Barbourville City School’s Family Resource Youth Services Director Robin Jones held an informal breakfast and kindergarten classroom visit of the Barbourville City School Thursday morning. About 40 parents showed up to eat and learn more about the Success For All Reading Program.
As the parents ate and heard from SFA Coordinator Melissa Soper, Instructional Supervisor Kay Dixon and Assistant Principal Brian Carey, it was stressed to the crowd how crucial any type of reading is good for the development of young mind. Jones was able to send books home with the children, thanks to donations by the Christian Appalachian Project and Usbourne Publishers.
Children are taught how important it is for the parents to share in the reading of the book. Parents are asked to spend 20 minutes each night reading to their child.
Soper suggested that the parents do “model reading” for their children. “Let your children see you read something, and they will do what you do.”
She took the reading one step further and encouraged the parents to question their children about what was being read.
She stressed, “Please make sure your children understand what they are reading. Ask specific questions, not just, ’did you like the book.’ Ask about the characters and the plot.”
Jones pointed out that she wants every parent to be involved in their child’s education.
Jones has a clothing drive every year, but clothes can be dropped off anytime. The clothing is for students who may have an emergency during the school day.
She has a family fun night that is totally focused on literacy. On that night there will be crafts, food preparation, stories and games. She will be sending out flyers with details as that night approaches in October.
The Family Resource and Youth Services office is located inside the Barbourville City School 1937 gym. Call Jones with questions, supplies, clothing, or to volunteer, 606.546.3338.