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All On the Same Page: BISD Celebrates National Family Literacy Day

On November 1, 2023, the BISD Parent Engagement Department celebrated National Family Literacy Day by organizing a PreK-2nd grade Reading Strategies program. The event aimed to promote the joy of reading and enhance family engagement through fun games and resources. Before the event, elementary schools held parades at their campuses with students dressed as their favorite characters from popular books.

National Family Literacy Day, celebrated annually on November 1st, is a day dedicated to highlighting the importance of family literacy and the positive impact it can have on a child’s educational journey. The reading strategies parent engagement event served as an invaluable resource for parents, equipping them with effective strategies to support their child’s literacy development. Students were able to get cozy on the reading rug while listening to stories from volunteer readers like Vanessa Iglesias and BISD Board Vice-President Stacey Lewis, Jr. Simultaneously, parents were able to obtain literary resources and tools that they could use at home, provided by the Curriculum and Instruction department, along with ROAR Louder liaison Henrietta Savoy. “What a great night of learning and fun family engagement," said Valerie Maclin, BISD Early Childhood Coordinator/ELAR PreK-2, in reference to the event.

A highlight of the District’s focus on celebrating literacy was the book character parades held at various elementary schools throughout the district. Students and teachers dressed as their favorite book characters and participated in lively parades, bringing their beloved literary figures to life. These parades not only infused an element of fun into learning, but also encouraged students to embrace the magic of storytelling.

BISD’s commitment to promoting family literacy and fostering a love for reading is a testament to the District’s dedication to the holistic development of its students. The District encourages all parents, guardians, and community members to continue the celebration of literacy by signing up as a ROAR Louder volunteer.