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Held in conjunction with the 5th Grade Science Fair at the White Cloud Upper Elementary, the White Cloud Public Schools and Project FOCUS Family Literacy Night saw well over 300 people attend. The event, which took place from 5:00 – 7:00 PM on March 10th, was designed to showcase ways families can have educational fun together.

In addition to the Science Fair, there were four specific activity areas set up for attendees to visit. The first featured Fun Writing Ideas, designed to help parents experience the joys of creating and writing original stories with their children. The second featured author, Lou Hooker, who read excerpts from his children’s book; “Puppies and Pet Cows”, and spoke about his experiences growing up in the area. The third area focused on reading games like “Alphabet”, “Cross the River”, “Life Under the Sea”, and “Treasure Island”. The fourth area was called “Read With a Buddy” and was simply a quiet place to curl up with a family member and a good book.

Every student who attended was able to pick an age-appropriate book to take home and keep. There was free food available, and door prizes were awarded all evening long. “We touched a lot of families that night by providing them a positive literary experience, time to do fun literacy-themed activities together, and be able to take home a lot of activities and information about reading and writing,” said White Cloud Elementary Principal, Lorie Watson. “That’s what Family Literacy Night is all about!” she continued.
 
Organizers want to thank everyone who supported the event by being there, and those who volunteered and provided supplies and materials for it. It was a tremendous collaboration between White Cloud Public Schools and NCCS Project FOCUS. Project FOCUS is a program of NCCS, and receives funding through a 21st Century Learning Center grant from the Michigan Department of Education. 
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