LUCAS — The theme for family literacy night at Lucas was “Building Better Readers.”
Open to elementary and middle school students, the event offered a variety of games to help kids improve their reading skills.
The adults matched the theme by wearing neon vests like you see on construction workers.
Kari Case, principal for grades K-7, said a team of teachers brainstormed about what the night should include.
“There are games and activities that also work on literary skills,” she said.
Set up in the gymnasium, one of those games was literacy Jenga. Kids chose a question that matched the color of their Jenga block.
“He likes books about animals,” said Melody Jefferson of her son Scott before he blurted out “Magic Tree House.”
“Magic Tree House” is an American series of children’s books.
Pupils make book recommendations
Kids could leave sticky notes at the Jenga station with their book recommendations.
Terri Cox looked on as her grandson Bentley, a third grader, took part in another station.
“He reads usually a little bit every night,” Cox said of her grandson. “He started out kind of slow, and then he really took off.”
Bentley said one of his favorite books is “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” which tells the story of a middle schooler who illustrates his daily life in a diary.
Sixth grader Wyatt Kinstle said he prefers nonfiction books and reads “every night.”
“I don’t really like it,” Wyatt admitted.
Mark Kinstle, his father, finished the thought.
“His mom makes him do it,” he said with a smile.
Lucas schools recently added learning lab
That’s what Kaitlyn Fraley likes to hear, involved parents. She is the Title I lead teacher who recently helped start a learning lab at Lucas.
“It’s state funding that we get to provide intervention for some of our students,” Fraley said.
Case added, “Coming off of COVID, we had some learning gaps we wanted to fill.”
Fraley had taught fourth grade for nine years before assuming her new role.
“It’s nice to branch out and work with K-7,” she said. “The kids are really dedicated. They want to learn.”
In addition to activities in the gym, the library stayed open till 7 pm for a book fair. Touch-a-Truck was part of the first hour.
“We were just asked if we could contribute some equipment for the kids,” said Josh Darling, senior vice president of the Adena Corp.
The company went a step further, providing a toy crane for a game. It came complete with sand to make it look like a construction site.
Adena is handling the new Little Buckeye Museum in downtown Mansfield. Little Buckeye was another partner in family literacy night, with executive director Fred Boll manning a booth.