Yesterday was a glorious fall day on the TCIS campus, and it was a beautiful evening on which to bring back the annual "Reading Under the Stars" night.
It was a great turnout of elementary and middle school students and parents on the sports field. Picnic blankets, lanterns, and jackets dotted the field as families spent the evening playing, socializing, and reading together.
Teaching the 'mechanics' of reading is important, but equally so is helping students to develop a love of reading. Literacy comes with practice, and practice comes most naturally when it is an enjoyable activity for children. The TCIS Library and Literacy specialists plan events throughout the year to help build a culture of reading fun and involvement among the students. Events that help to promote reading in families are another way that supports student literacy by broadening the culture of reading to other parts of student lives beyond the classroom.
Faculty volunteers had the campfire going and they roasted marshmallows for s'mores. Both the cocoa and popcorn tables were also much-visited throughout the evening. Grade 3 students contributed original poetry reading, and middle school drama students performed "exaggerated stories" for the crowd.
It was at full dark, however, that the main event started. The field lights turned off, and families and friends read together under the night sky. It was such a fun and memorable time for all, and it was great to see so many smiling faces.
Long-time staff commented, "This is so much more like the TCIS we know." Families spending time together on campus, children running around, and everyone having a nice time together are a part of the TCIS history – and it was a wonderful evening for enjoying just that.
Thank you, parents, for joining us on campus to help build a love of reading culture in our students. Also, thank you to all the volunteers who helped to set up and facilitate such a fun and enjoyable time.