Summer Splash: A Literacy and Multi-Media Experience

Pleasantville students will enjoy summer reading thanks to a $7,000 grant from the NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education. Washington Avenue School (Atlantic County) teachers Marie Turnbull, Susana Faulhaber, and Eric Walden, and parent liaison Carmen Torres are implementing the project Summer Splash: A Literacy and Multi-Media Experience.

Summer Splash will involve parents and/or other available family members of third-grade students in an effort to increase recreational reading in the school and community during the summer and other times when school is not in session. In April 2008, families will enjoy a kick- off dinner in the school cafeteria. The mayor and representatives from the Hispanic Alliance will speak about the importance of reading. A presentation by the local public library will follow. Families will also sign a letter of intent to participate.

Workshops will continue throughout the spring. By June, students select their final books and enter into a contract for a parent/child project. Mid-summer, a family dinner/progress workshop will be held. In the fall, Summer Splash will culminate with a recognition ceremony. Parents and children will receive certificates and have their projects displayed throughout the community. Outstanding examples will be honored by the Hispanic Alliance and/or city council. All who take part will receive participation awards and our schools’ “parents points.”

This project was also designated as a Verizon Family Literacy Partnership Grant, which supports family literacy programs in which public school educators partner with libraries or other community organizations.

For further information, contact:

Marie Turnbull
(609) 390-3394