My Very Own Library is a district initiative that focuses on strengthening the literacy skills of elementary school students. Through the partnership with United Way and the University of Chicago, students receive 10 free books throughout the year to help them create and build their own personal libraries at home. Families are encouraged to use these books to develop a love for reading at home and build upon the use of researched-based reading strategies to increase students’ reading skills and stamina.
Parent Liaisons collaborated with school staff and community stakeholders to create fun and interactive events for families, parents and caregivers to kick off this year’s family literacy event. Families were invited and encouraged to attend a festive event that included storytime, arts & crafts, and gameplay. These events allow families and caregivers to participate in learning experiences with their children. By strategically empowering parents and families, the Newark Board of Education can help strengthen and further support students one family at a time. Let’s continue to do the work of collaborating and connecting with families for student success.