James and Mya Harper, kindergartner and third-grader at Belleaire Elementary, play Bucket Blends to try and make different words March 14 at Belleaire’s annual Literacy Night. The event is to entertain students with different activities that teach them reading, grammar and even rhyming.

Belleaire Elementary has made learning about literacy fun.

With its sixth annual Literacy Night kicking off March 14, more than 400 parents and students attended to play games and learn a thing or two about literacy.

The theme for this year was circus, with different carnival games aimed at teaching kids about reading, setting up comic book sequences and even rhyming games.

The students also receive free books at the carnival, among other prizes they can win during the games.

Many businesses have joined forces to donate to the event, and the school has received volunteer help from teachers and students.

Shannon Brand, reading specialist at Belleaire and organizer of the event, said the event has grown every year.

“The first year of implementation, [Nikki Schubauer, principal] and I were thinking about ways we could help families to foster a love of reading and to get families in to provide them with resources and ideas to help their kids,” she said. “It’s a fun night to have families in our building doing literacy-related activities.”

Brand said she and the school start planning for Literacy Night a year in advance, meaning next year’s is already in the works.

Brand said she loves Literacy Night because the students and their parents can interact and have fun while also learning.

“My goal always is to build a love of reading,” she said. “It’s all about fostering that love of reading so they will continue to read and be lifelong readers.”

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