Summer Splash II: A Family Literacy and Multi-Media Experience

Educators Marie Turnbull, Susana Faulhaber, Eric Walden, Diane Thompson from Washington Avenue School in Pleasantville (Atlantic County), and parent liaison Carmen Torres were awarded a $9,420 grant from the NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education to continue their successful Summer Splash II. This project was once again awarded a Verizon Family Literacy Partnership Grant, which supports family literacy programs in which public school educators partner with libraries or other community organizations.

Summer Splash II encourages parents and other family members to increase recreational reading during the summer and other times when school is not in session through workshops, presentations, and social events. Community partners include the City of Pleasantville, local Boys and Girl Scouts of America and the Atlantic County Library. Representatives from all promote the importance of reading at the family literacy kick-off dinner. Families sign a letter of intent to participate.

Workshops for parents and students continue throughout the school year. A new workshop for ESL parents focuses on basic communication needed for dealing with the school and community. In addition, a new read aloud library for parental reading to students is open in the parent liaison’s office.

In the fall, both parents and children are awarded certificates for their work, and projects will be displayed throughout the community. All who take part receive participation awards and Washington Ave. School “parents points.”

For further information, contact:
Marie Turnbull
(609) 390-3394