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Hundreds Celebrate Literacy at March Event

Hundreds of parents and students gathered at Fennville Elementary School on March 12 for Literacy Night, an annual celebration of student reading and literacy that is one of the most popular and important events of the school year in the Fennville district.

This year the program had the theme of Outer Space, and all month teachers and students worked the theme into classroom projects, and aliens, rockets, planets and stars decorated the halls of the school and classrooms.

Fennville Elementary Reading Specialist Kelly Howes helped plan the event, and more than thirty teachers, staff people, and parents volunteered to welcome and work with parents attending that evening.

According to Howes, Literacy Night is a way to celebrate all the great work and effort students and teachers put into reading all year.

"Reading is one of the most important skills we teach at Fennville Elementary, and one of the most important skills a student can have in his or her lifetime," Howes said. "It's important we celebrate reading with our families and teachers and staff each year, both to say "Great Job", and also to encourage students and families to keep at it. Just like our theme this year, students who read have a blast at school, and are able to blast off as successful students for their entire K-12 education, and beyond."