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Stamford's South End Families Enjoy 'Family Literacy Night' Tuesday

Springdale Elementary School students and their families will engage in literacy-based activities during Family Literacy Night on Dec. 16.
Springdale Elementary School students and their families will engage in literacy-based activities during Family Literacy Night on Dec. 16. Photo Credit: File

STAMFORD, Conn. – The Junior League of Stamford-Norwalk and the Stamford Public Education Foundation will host their second Family Literacy Night of this school year for kindergarten, first and second grade students and their families from Stamford's South End who attend Springdale Elementary School.

This free program is set for 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 16 at the Lathan Wider Community Center (formerly NEON), 34 Woodland Ave.

Children will engage in literacy-based activities, such as reading with volunteers, and parents will learn ways to support their children’s education, including how to read a report card that is in English. Additionally, all families will leave with new age-appropriate books in English and Spanish to build a home library.

Launched last year to support kindergarten and first grade students, the Family Literacy Night program has expanded this year to include 15 new kindergarteners and their families, while maintaining support of the original 60 participants as they progress through the school system.

Since fall 2013, the Family Literacy Nights have given away close to 500 books, with an additional 112 books distributed to the community to support summer reading requirements. A book drive recently collected 1,800 English and Spanish language books, which will be distributed at future programs.

JLSN is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing women's potential and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

SPEF’s mission is supporting the students and teachers in Stamford's public schools through community collaboration and philanthropy. At the elementary school level, the foundation supports literacy initiatives. At the middle and high school levels, it focuses on college and career readiness. For further information or to make a donation call (203) 965-7733 or visit http://www.spefct.org .

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