MOUNT VERNON — Princesses, ghouls, honey bees and more descended on Columbia Elementary school Thursday evening for a Trick-or-Read event.
The family-centered affair was all about literacy and featured families enjoying the printed word together. There was popcorn and a book fair in the gym, while the cafeteria was the base for high-frequency word Bingo games. Upstairs in the library, volunteers read Halloween-themed stories to groups of children, and parents and pupils rotated through the classrooms for literacy activities with intriguing names such as Jeopardy, Reading Spinners, Book Marks, Poetry and Halloween Madness.
Melissa Earnest was one of the many parents participating in the event. She and her son, Hayden Harmer, 9, were having fun taking turns reading verses in a Halloween poem.
“I think this is awesome,” said Earnest. “It’s a good way for parents to interact with children and it’s fun for the kids. They’re practicing reading without realizing it.”
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