‘Booktoberfest’ – Lights ON After-School event

Representative Ed Brooks reads to the students.

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Necedah Elementary and Middle School highlighted student successes, literacy fun and middle school math tips and resources through a family/community gathering called ‘Booktoberfest’- Lights ON After-School. This event included festivities with all elementary grade teachers showcasing literacy skills and learning through fun hands on activities.

The event also provided middle school students and families math tips and resources through a ‘Math Made Easy’ presentation/discussion. Special guests, Representative Ed Brooks, Regional Representative for Senator Tammy Baldwin – Mr. Ryan Cornett and Congressional Aide for Representative Ron Kind – Amy Sue Vruwink visited with families as well as read to students, which was a highlight to this literacy focused event. Lights ON After-School was also celebrated in conjunction with thousands of after-school programs throughout our nation. This national celebration provided our world a message that our school continues to have student centered as well as community centered activities and learning beyond the 3:20 p.m. bell. After-School Programming has proven to have vast impact on youth development as well as provide a variety of family centered opportunities. Pizza dinner with entertainment from the fifth grade Performing Arts students, Mad Scientist Club After-School Program students as well as displays of student works of art and poems were also featured during this event. This family/community gathering also included a variety of informational booths that included school specific booths as well as local and county organizational booths. Families were given ‘passports’ encouraging visits to a variety of activities and booths provided within this event. Passports were then submitted for prizes that brought this ‘Booktoberfest’- Lights ON After-School event to a close.

The Title Program and the Cardinal After-School Program collaborated with staff, volunteers and partners which set the ‘stage’ for fantastic participation from families/community. The event’s sponsors included: Little Crane Café, Parents and Teachers Together Team (PATT), Wal-Mart, Kwik Trip, Mill Haven Foods and Festival Foods.