BCMS hosts Family Literacy Night

March 26, 2014 

Families visited the Book Fair during BCMS Family Literacy Night.

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Bernard Campbell Middle School hosted Family Literacy Night March 6 with more than 230 students and family members attending.

“We used to think of literacy as simply the ability to read and write,” said Nathan Miller, BCMS library media specialist. “Increasingly in the 21st century, we think of multiple literacies--digital literacy, financial literacy, health literacy, media literacy, cultural literacy, etc.

“Family Literacy Night is an opportunity for students and families to experience the many different literacies our school and community has to offer. I hope families read together for sure, but I also hope they exercise, explore the internet, discuss finances, and visit museums together as well. The library is a place where all literacies have the chance to meet and flourish.”

The evening included presentations and demonstrations by Mid-Continent Public Library, Paradise Park and several school departments, including physical education, science, social studies and language arts.

During the event, students demonstrated the school’s Chromebooks to their family members. Mid-Continent Public Library also signed up students and families for library cards and helped them check out e-books and other digital content from the local library. In all, 25 volunteer staff members, parents and business partners helped at the Literacy Night.

Information and sponsorship was provided by Mid-Continent Public Library, Paradise Park, Summit Bank of Kansas City, Legacy Community Center and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Each family also received coupons from Paradise Park, and Summit Bank gave away a gift certificate and prize basket. In addition, the Kansas City Royals provided four tickets as prizes.

Forty books were given away through the Scholastic Book Fair, and an Amazon Kindle Reader was given away as a door prize.

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