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EL teachers, parents partner on new elementary literacy program

North Elementary School kindergarten teachers Brittney Marino and Carly Warnock show off some of the materials families receive monthly as part of the school’s Together Teachers and Parents Partnering program. (Photo by Stephanie Ujhelyi)

EAST LIVERPOOL — North Elementary School recently offered its inaugural session of a new program that builds on its efforts to encourage its teachers and families to work for a common goal – its kids.

Teachers Brittany Marino and Carly Warnock led their first session as part of the Together Teachers and Parents Partnering program for anyone interested in learning about North’s literacy efforts, according to Principal Jack Cunningham.

The program, which is funded by a Title I non-competitive supplemental school improvement grant, actually had been create in fall; however, the pandemic delayed its implementation, Cunningham explained as I needed to be face-to-face.

“We are trying to build relationships with our families or anyone else who wants to be involved,” he continued. “The goal is for parents to help us extend our classrooms to home, so the kids can close some achievement gaps.”

Curriculum Director Julie Rowe said that this program falls in line with the state of Ohio’s plan to educate the whole child.

There will be one in-person meeting monthly around North Elementary School that will be a literacy night. Then teachers will follow that up with a virtual session online, and another where parents can ask questions about their followup, Cunningham explained.

Each month, participants will tackle another book.

Rowe said the grant covers teacher stipends as well as the materials associated with the project. This includes binders, flashcards as well as the creation of videos for relaying strategies.

She eventually would like to see the program extended to the district’s other elementary school, LaCroft, but the grant just covers North and its 430 K through 4 children.

For more information about the program, contact Cunningham or Rowe at 330-386-8772.

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