Humboldt County Office of Education Hosts First Annual Family Literacy Night

This is a press release from the Humboldt County Office of Education:

On Tuesday, November 6, the Humboldt County Office of Education (HCOE) Early Literacy Partner Program hosted a family literacy night to support families and nurture the love of reading in children.

Families and children ranging from nine months to six years old came together to learn, play and engage in literacy activities. Parents were able to receive tools and tips for best practices and techniques in reading strategies led by HCOE’s integrated learning specialists, Ryan Keller and Rosie Slentz and regional preschool lead, Cindi Kaup. Humboldt County Library’s Jeanine Lancaster was also on hand for resources and support.

While parents received information, kids enjoyed games, art projects, and were able to engage in story time, led by Michael Davies-Hughes. The vision behind this event was one of the goals Michael had as he set out on the Race Across America (RAAM) earlier this year, in which he raised $30,000 for the Early Literacy Partners Program.

One of the local attendees and mom was excited to have this opportunity for her son, “We appreciated this event so much and all the people who hosted it. Everyone was so warm with the kids and I’m very interested in future events like this where my son can continue to grow his literacy skills.”

This event is part of HCOE’s commitment to supporting our youngest learners and promoting parent engagement in our community. The Early Literacy Partners Program also facilitates one-on-one tutoring for students in pre-school through second grade who need extra support in reading and math. If you are interested in becoming an early literacy tutor, or would like more information about the program, please contact Olivia Kernen at (707) 445-7007 or okernen@hcoe.org

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