Bell County Central High School held their first “Once Upon A Friday” event last week.
BCCHS’s Family Resource Youth Service Center along with Title I Parent Liaison, Marlene Knuckles hosted the parent/child reading event for kindergarten- through 3rd-graders in the area. The program is scheduled every Friday and will have two sessions to choose from. The morning session will be from 7:30-8:30 a.m. and the evening session will be be from 3:35-4 p.m.
“We’ve been doing this program for nine or ten years now,” said Bell Central Principal Greg Wilson. “It’s one of the best programs we have ever instituted. It really provides a spark for our kids to read. We have a high performance school academically and I attribute that in part to our students becoming lovers of reading at an early age. It is a wonderful program and opportunity for our students and their parents. I am very proud of it.”
Knuckles and Family Resource Coordinator Lesa Straup say the mission with Once Upon A Friday is to put good books in the student’s and their families’ hands. At every opportunity they try to provide books as motivation and gifts for students. Prizes are given as an incentive to each reader when they fulfill certain reading requirements.
Each reader who reads eight times will receive a logo sports bottle, ten reads gets them a logo backpack and after 15 reads a logo t-shirt. All prizes will be awarded on Mondays. Students who have their Once Upon A Friday logo item with them on Fridays will receive a weekly prize as well.
At the end of each six-week grading period, students missing no more than one Friday will receive a certificate at the awards program. Reading with volunteers who are not family members does count towards receiving certificates. Students who read with family members at least 85 percent of the time at events will receive an award at the end of the year.
For special occurrences of Once Upon a Friday (like holidays or the first event of the year) older students will dress up to fit the season, or as favorite characters from literary works.
Presently they have 30 events scheduled. A child will have to read with a family member for at least 25 events to receive the award. If the number of Friday’s change, due to weather, the required number will change.
Families are encouraged to volunteer throughout the year through the Parent Volunteer Program. Anyone interested may contact Marlene Knuckles or Lesa Straup on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays at (606) 337-1976.
Reach William Tribell at (606) 302-9100 or on Twitter @wtribellmdn