This week, three Ardmore elementary schools will welcome parents to come take a seat in their child’s classroom and learn a variety of reading strategies as well as different technology available that parents can use when reading to their children at night.
Thanks to financial support from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, Ardmore City Schools has partnered with the National Center for Families Learning in an effort to improve elementary school literacy levels and encourage children to read after school.
According to the National Center for Families Learning, research supports that elementary school literacy levels are an early indicator of high school graduation, college and career readiness.
“Literacy is the key ingredient to lifelong learning, opportunity and prosperity,” said Sharon Darling, president and founder of the National Center for Families Learning. “Reading and writing are the basics, but literary is the set of capabilities required to process information, problem-solve, communicate and express ideas. All of those skills are crucial for success in school and the work force.”
Last January, Ardmore City Schools announced the new partnership and grant funding which would benefit Jefferson, Lincoln and Charles Evans elementary schools. The district purchased 110 iPad Apple devises, and students in first through fifth grade became subscribers to myON, a digital library program that students can access outside the classroom for reading books on a computer, tablet devise or smartphone. Internet access required.  
myON provides students, teachers and parents with digital, interactive books to read, but also measures literacy progress and has built-in features to help keep students excited for reading. The program tracks student’s reading hours and assess students to adjust the reading list to match the reader’s progress.
School leaders want parents to know and be familiar with myON. The goal is for MyOn to be a home resource, used and encouraged by elementary school parents and that’s why upcoming family literacy nights are planed to help familiarize parents with the program.
This week, school leaders at Charles Evans, Lincoln and Jefferson will present myOn to parents and students in first through third grade at family literacy night events. During the event, which provides dinner, strategies will be introduced to help parents work with their children at home with reading. Also paired reading activities will be shared and the importance of reading with a child each evening.
The family literacy night will be conducted at Charles Evans Elementary from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. tonight, Lincoln Elementary School from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and at Jefferson Elementary School from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday.