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Reading Under the Lights

The Meyersdale Area School District, partnering with the Title 1 program, will be hosting the annual “Reading Under the Lights” program on Friday, September 27 at the MASD football stadium. Families will have the opportunity to learn about the services provided through the Title 1 program at MASD.

All attendees will receive a hotdog, chips and a drink to enjoy. Families are asked to bring a blanket and books for an evening of “reading under the lights” with their little ones. 

“Reading under the Lights” will begin promptly at 7 p.m. and conclude at 8 p.m.

“Each fall, the Title I Reading Department hosts an event to promote literacy and the importance of reading. This year we are holding a ‘Reading Under the Lights’ event where families can come to the football field with a blanket and books and simply enjoy an evening of reading together,” Gala Wassichalk, Reading Specialist/Title I Reading Teacher.

“We are excited to host this event on the football field,” added Wassilchalk, . “Our elementary students admire our sports teams and are always excited to have an opportunity to be on the field.”

In case of inclement weather, the event will be held indoors in the high school gymnasium. 

“Last year inclement weather caused the event to be moved into the high school gymnasium. We turned off the lights and families read with flashlights. There were approximately 30 people in attendance last year,” she explained. “This year we are hoping for more cooperative weather and an even better turn out of readers!”

Wassilchalk said the importance of reading cannot be underestimated. Research shows that reading to/with your child offers five major benefits. Reading together will strengthen relationships, provide new experiences, increase vocabulary and communication skills, improve concentration, and help to develop a life-long love of reading and learning!

Dedicating 20 minutes each day to helping your child read fosters skills that students will utilize throughout their education. A student who reads 20 minutes each day, for a total of 3,600 minutes during school, will have read the equivalent of 60 whole school days. In contrast, a student who reads just five minutes a day will have read only the equivalent of 12 school days in a year. 

“Reading 20 minutes every night has a huge impact on the development of a student’s vocabulary and success throughout school and life. Research clearly shows the importance of reading,” Wassilchalk explained.