For Immediate Release: February 27, 2017
Contact: Rachel Strauch-Nelson (608) 663-1903

The Madison School District is joining community partners to invite kindergarten through second grade students and families to the first ever ‘Read Out Loud!’ on Saturday, February 17 from 10am to 1:30pm the Warner Park Community Recreation Center. The free, family event is geared toward young readers, in kindergarten through second grade, to strengthen their reading skills in a fun, interactive and playful way. 

“Early literacy skills are crucial, and we’re excited to invite our families to join us for a day of community, learning and fun,” said Nichelle Nichols, director of family, youth and community engagement. “Working in partnership with families to build reading skills will help more of our students excel.”

The event is focused on increasing family involvement and support, providing families with activities and resources to extend literacy learning around foundational skills at home, and practicing these activities with families.

Every family will also receive a grade-level book and games and activities to take home. All materials will be provide in English, Spanish and Hmong, and interpretation will be provided at the event.

‘Read Out Loud!’ is made possible through collaboration with the Madison Public Library, Read to a Dog, Summit Credit Union, The Wisconsin Statewide Parent Educator Initiative, Latino Education Council and Madison-Out-of-School Time.