Staff Photo: Jason Braverman
Janay Smith works on a poem for the book she is creating at the Gwinnett County Student Literacy Institute on Wednesday at Britt Elementary School.
The Title One program at Washington Elementary School teamed up with Marietta College undergraduate education students to host literacy night.
Students from kindergarten through fifth grade sat in special sessions where they read a book and had an activity that related to their story.
Parents also had a session where they learned how to be more involved and better their child's' academic performance with emphasis on reading.
Marietta College students were put in charge of each session and were able to see what a real life classroom environment is like for a teacher.
"They've planned lots of activities with the children," says Dr. Carole Hancock, an Associate Professor of Education at Marietta College. "When you execute them, with real live children, lot of times they don't come off the way you planned them. And there are lots of activities that they have planned with interesting substances and they will have to make sure the children are using properly."
Over 200 students and their parents signed up for Literacy Night. Organizers say the night was a success.