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Parents and children sat together to listen to the sounds of story telling ring through the library at Lamar Elementary School.

Lamar hosted its monthly Family Literacy Night on Sept. 27. The event provides families the opportunity to come together and promote the advancement of reading skills to Lamar students.

“We want our parents to have the opportunity to get involved in our students’ educations during a time that work wouldn’t be an issue,” said Diana Alfaro, library media specialist at Lamar. “During Family Literacy Night, we have a puppet shows, story time and crafts.”

Throughout the evening, activities following the theme of Acceptance and Kindness were conducted. The theme aims for families to use the messaging as a life lesson, Alfaro said.

“When our students and parents leave Family Literacy Night, we want them to reflect,” said Daniel Garza, principal at Lamar. “We want them to think about how they can apply these lessons to their education, careers and home.”

The evening closed with a book raffle to help inspire students to read while they are at home, Alfaro said.

This will mark the second year for the event, which was developed by Alfaro. She produces funds for the evening with raffles, Box Tops 4 Education, Book Fairs and candy sales.

“Mrs. Alfaro not only comes up with excellent ideas to get others more involved, she finds ways to fund these projects as well,” Garza said. “ Lamar is definitely a better place because she is a part of it.”

The next Family Literacy Night will be held on Oct. 22. The event is open to students and parents of Lamar, and is free of charge.

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