During these challenging days of the pandemic, the staff at Walker Early Learning Center chose to give thanks to their preschool and kindergarten families with a cleverly orchestrated drive-through Family Literacy Night. They wanted to provide some entertainment and fun in appreciation for all the parents, grandparents and guardians who have been helping their students succeed with their virtual school work.
Walker's preschool and kindergarten staff welcomed families to the fun drive-through event held in the circular drive behind the middle school. The children were thrilled to see their teachers and enjoy the fall displays and costumed characters. Each child received a bag of little acorn poems and characters, rhyming clip cards, alphabet match cards, beginning sound games, letter sound find and cover, and little acorn sequencing activity. It was a great night with 79 families (54 kindergarten and 25 preschool) participating.
Teachers dressed in fall outfits as they manned the six fall decorated stations highlighted with special lighting. Each school hallway was represented, along with the Family Resource Center and the University of Kentucky Nutrition Cooperative Extension Service.
“Our staff was phenomenal. They were so excited to see the students and the students were excited to see them,” said Walker Early Learning Center Principal Angela Ballinger. “We took this opportunity to celebrate learning and literacy and share a packet of activities, along with a copy of the book, Little Acorn. The book explained how seeds grow into mighty trees. Teachers could make the parallel that their students grow up to become responsible adults.
In order to social distance, the principal read the Little Acorn book to the students through a video they could access after the event.
The staff had a lot to be proud of as it got dark and the last vehicles in the line of bumper to bumper traffic drove away.