For the past six weeks, Greenhill Elementary students and their parents have been meeting on Tuesday nights to practice family literacy. Family Reading Bonds, a program sponsored by the Mississippi Humanities Council, provides organizations with 21 different books for children and their families to read together. Each week the group would meet, along with a storyteller, Dr. Rebecca Jernigan, and a discussion leader, Dr. Elaine Gelbard, to review the stories they had been learning about at home.
In addition to the story time, families were provided with a meal, door prizes, books to keep, and a certificate acknowledging completion of the program. AmeriCorps VISTAs Brittany Galloway, Erin Mauffray, and Ryan Parsons oversaw the program, while Sardis Rotary Club, the McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement, the University of Mississippi School of Education, and Ole Miss Athletics, as well as private donors, provided food and prizes. “Greenhill was delighted about the implementation of the Family Reading Bonds Program,” said Principal LaKeldra Pride, “The ability to not just read, but to read and comprehend well are skills that no one should be without. As a school, it is our task to immerse our students with endless opportunities for developing a love for reading.”