EChO Hosting Family Literacy Night for Jefferson Elementary Kindergarteners, Families

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Nov. 3, 2009 — The Early Childhood Organization (EChO) of Southeast Missouri State University is hosting a Family Literacy Night for kindergarten students and families at Jefferson Elementary School from 5:30–7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5.

The theme of the night is “Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Very Hungry Caterpillar,” and children and their families will participate in a variety of activities relating to this classic Eric Carle book in the school gym, said Dr. Julie Ray, associate professor of elementary, early and special education at Southeast. Activities will include puppets, storytelling, art activities, games and songs.  All children also will receive a copy of an Eric Carle book to take home.  The night will end with pizza, dessert and refreshments in the cafeteria provided for the families, Ray said.

EChO is an organization made up of early childhood education and child development majors at Southeast Missouri State University. This is its first service project coordinated by this new student organization, Ray said. The group raised funds to purchase the books, supplies and materials for the activities, and refreshments by selling bookplates to go in the books and working at a Culver’s restaurant fund raiser, she said..  The Jefferson Elementary School PTA and their community sponsor, a local bank, also provided funds for the refreshments.  Faculty sponsors for the group are Ray, Dr. Amy Freshwater, Mrs. Sharon Dees and Dr. Sara Starbuck.