Fam­ily Read­ing Night Feb. 19 At Ali­iolani

MidWeek Islander (East Oahu) - - EAST OAHU ISLANDER / FEBRUARY 3, 2010 / - By ALANA FOLEN

Ali­iolani Ele­men­tary School is do­ing its part to pro­mote the im­por­tance of lit­er­acy with its an­nual Fam­ily Read­ing Night from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 19 on the school cam­pus (1240 7th Ave.).

“It’s a fun event that brings out the fam­i­lies,” said par­ent com­mu­nity net­work­ing co­or­di­na­tor Ste­fanie Sato.“For a large per­cent­age of our stu­dents, English is their sec­ond lan­guage, and even though many of the par­ents may not un­der­stand English, they still come out to lis­ten to the sto­ries and sup­port their chil­dren.”

A va­ri­ety of guest speak­ers are sched­uled to read, in­clud­ing past su­per­in­ten­dent of schools Pa­tri­cia Ha­mamoto; lo­cal au­thor and il­lus­tra­tor and Kalani High grad Scott Goto; lo­cal au­thor and teacher Vera Arita; Miss East Oahu and Miss Ka­hala, as well as UHManoa stu­dent ath­letes.

Fam­i­lies meet in the school cafe­te­ria and then dis­perse to var­i­ous class­rooms for their read­ing ses­sions, af­ter which they will meet in the cafe­te­ria once again for free ice cream sun­daes and an au­to­graph ses­sion.

“The stu­dents also will re­ceive a free book from Scholas­tics that they are re­ally ex­cited about,” Sato said. “Some stu­dents can’t af­ford to go to Bor­ders each week to get a new book. It’s some­thing they can take home with them to read and share with their fam­ily and friends.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 733-4750, ext. 227.

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