Culver School saw an impressive turnout as we welcomed more than 100 participants on Family Math and Literacy Night recently. About 10 staff members hosted reading or math sessions that engaged students in areas such as:
- Fun math games with manipulatives
- Winter-themed read-alouds
- Sight word games
- Money skills
- Fun with fractions
- Ways to reduce plastic use
Several sessions included take-home items for families to continue having fun while learning at home.
We also enjoyed dinner and socialized while students took chances at a book raffle, featuring beautiful new books for their homes. Every family left with at least one book.
Parents walked from session to session, saying, “My child is having a great time, and so am I. Thank you for organizing this.” Students raved, “I love my snowman bookmark and cheese pizza!”
Members of the club Love to Lead, a service club sponsored by Dr. Erica Smolinski and Mr. Oscar Suarez, helped families find session locations, passed out programs, and helped with the raffle. Members of the Culver PTA and Niles-Maine District Library were also present to connect with Culver families.
“I was pleasantly surprised to see so many families and students show up to family math and literacy night! The night was filled with many smiling faces as I saw kids excited to go from session to session” said Kellie Conklin, a 5th-grade teacher. “I had many more bingo attendees and winners than expected. It was great to connect with students and families about books that were familiar as well as to introduce some new books! Love to Lead students were a great addition to the event. They were responsible, respectful, and helpful to the families and even joined in on a few sessions.”
Connecting with families is so important at Culver, and we were thrilled to spend this time together, socializing and learning, as a community.