Family Reading Nights

Family Reading Nights
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In conjunction with the nationally-observed Read Across America Day, teachers, students and parents of Carnegie and Crafton elementary schools will have the chance to promote the value of reading during daily activities and Family Reading Nights in the upcoming days. Crafton Elementary will host a Family Reading Night February 28th. Carnegie Elementary will hold its event March 6.


Reading Night will kick off the Crafton Elementary celebration of reading. Doors will open at 6:00 PM and the evening will include a Scholastic book fair, basket raffles, a scavenger hunt, crafts and coding activities and a PBS digital literacy activity sponsored by the Crafton Public Library. The evening will be capped off with a STEAM presentation at 7:30 PM in the school auditorium featuring Mindy Molecule from the Carnegie Science Center.

“Kindness” has been placed at the heart of this year’s celebration of reading.  Weeklong activities, beginning March 2, will include a visit from the Pittsburgh Riverhounds mascot and a Riverhounds reading challenge. The challenge will support Read to Feed, a fun and engaging read-a-thon in which students can practice their reading skills while learning about global issues of hunger and poverty.

Also on March 2, Title I reading students will travel to Animal Friends on Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, to practice their reading skills while reading alongside trained therapy dogs. The trip was made possible through a Grable Foundation grant.

The remainder of the week will include special visitors who will read to students in all classes. Books will include stories to liven the imagination while imparting a message about kindness. Guest readers include Superintendent Dr. John Kreider, the Honorable Jack Kobistek, school board members, associates of the Crafton Public Library and Crafton Borough police officers.


Students at Carnegie Elementary will celebrate Read Across America week with week-long reading challenges, daily Dr. Suess riddles and spirit days.  Special guest readers, including Dr. Kreider, State Representative Anita Kulik, and members of the Carnegie Police Department, will visit classrooms to read to students, sharing stories and chapters from novels to will warm the heart and inspire a zeal for reading. In keeping with this year’s national theme, books will promote diversity and acceptance of others.

Family Reading Night will be held March 6 and doors open at 6:00 PM. Activities will include a Scholastic book fair, a visit by Clifford the Big Red Dog, an adventurous treasure hunt and a Foreign Language book reading session. High school student volunteers and teachers will be on hand to read to students in specified classrooms and offer crafts, as well as presenting a special Dr. Seuss activity.

The Read Across America celebration is designed to coincide with the birthday of late children’s author Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. The initiative focuses on motivating children to read, an important attribute to elevating academic performance in school.

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