The Fishing School

TFS' annual Family Literacy Nights featured poetry readings by Board members, student performances of scenes from read aloud books, and tabling activities staffed by volunteers from our corporate partners. 
Bishop Walker
School for Boys
Congratulations to Bishop Walker for hitting 100% parent participation! To get a glimpse of what 6th graders are learning in TFS' Middle School Program, parents were quizzed on what items you can and cannot bring to college dorm rooms. Board member Ann-Marie Lock shared Ken Nesbitt's All My Great Excuses, and volunteers from Kearney & Company facilitated the tabling activities. The local librarian also came out to sign up students and families for library cards.
Plummer Elementary
Board Treasurer Christopher Scotti invited members from his Wells Fargo team to Plummer Elementary and kicked off the program with Shel Silverstein's I Cannot Go to School Today . Student skits were developed based on their favorite scenes from this unit's read aloud books, including Salt in His Shoes , Sideways Stories From Wayside School , Junebug in Trouble and Mr. Chickie's Funny Money
Leckie Elementary
Students and adults kept it festive at Leckie's Literacy Night! TFS' t abled activities focused on giving parents strategies to help students improve in d ecoding, f luency, c omprehension, and s pelling/writing.  At each table, volunteers demonstrated two games or activities that were suitable for all grades to help build that skill. One activity was printed, or used materials students and parents have at home, and the other was a free online activity.
J.O. Wilson Elementary
How did the Grinch steal Christmas? Board member Matthew Gentile shared Dr. Seuss's classic holiday tale with students and parents, followed by memorable student performances, and tabling activities run by volunteers from Deloitte. The Fluency & Comprehension activities were tough, even for some of the adults! These a ctivities helped build fluency by encouraging readers to move from letter recognition to word recognition and helped students focus on meaning when words are missing. Students used clues from presented text to come up with appropriate words to fill the blanks, thereby improving their comprehension skills.