City Year team leader Skye Black hands out flyers about “The Great Escape” to ACT freshmen Tremell Woolen and Milek Mims on Monday. Many English teachers have promised extra credit points to students who attend. “I’ll be coming to that if I can find transportation home. I want the extra credit,” said Mims. / DAJA LUCAS/Cody Connection
City Year Corps will host a literacy night for students from all Cody schools and their families from 4-6 p.m. Thursday in the main Cody library on the second floor.
During event, which planners are calling “The Great Escape,” will have spoken word performances by a guest writer and student poets, literacy workshops for parents, book giveaways, and a raffle that includes more than $500 worth of prizes. Special prizes include a $250 tax preparation package from H&R Block, a 21-speed bike, gift certificates to restaurants and an Amazon Kindle. Many English teachers have promised extra credit points to students who attend.
Organizer Myles Morgan from City Year said his wants to welcome families in the neighborhood and help them to spend time with books.
“One purpose of this event is to show people that the easiest way to escape all the stress and all the things that are going on in our community is through literacy –writing and reading,” Morgan said.
City Year Corps member Kate Mulhern agreed, adding that Literacy Night will promote the idea that even if parents are not active readers, they can encourage and help their kids become better readers and writers.
Writer-in-residence Sherina Sharpe said her role on literacy night is to help students choose and practice poems to perform.
“Having a literacy night where we can share our writing is very wonderful,” she said. “It’s is great for families to discover the talents that students have been developing so that they can celebrate those talents.”