Stow-Munroe Falls City School District hosted its annual Title I Family Night event for students and families on Jan. 11-12.

"Our family nights are a great way for our team to engage with our students and families," said Happy Bengston, Title I Coordinator. "It's a perfect opportunity to inform our parents of support resources they can use with their child."

The first night was for students in kindergarten through fourth grade and their families.

During the event, parents were given an overview of the district's Title I program and qualification guidelines.

Parents also learned reading and math games to support their students' learning of important standards in each subject area. The games were selected and taught by the district's Title I tutors.

Information was also shared about the district's Leveled Literacy Intervention reading program, which is the foundation of the literacy intervention program.

In addition, the district's math specialist, Erika Poston, conducted a session on the Cognition Based Assessment, a math program used to develop deep mathematical understanding and to close learning gaps.

A highlight of the evening was the Therapy Dogs Reading Station. Students read selected books to the dogs to build oral reading fluency. Ruth Drew, former Stow-Munroe Falls City School District teacher and community member, coordinated the therapy dog visit to the Family Night.

The second night was for fifth- through eighth-grade students. The night featured learning games in both reading and mathematics. Poston reviewed the CBA program for mathematics with parents.

Parents were also given an overview of the Title I Program and qualifications. Additionally, they were able to view a Readers' Theatre video, featuring the Lakeview and Kimpton students reading poems from Shel Silverstein's "Where the Sidewalk Ends."

The students enjoyed using literacy and math props to do their own version of a Mannequin Challenge.

Each night, the Title I students left the event with a free book and the materials needed to play the games they had learned.

"I would like to extend a special thank you to the staff who helped make this event a success," said Bengston. "I hope our students and families enjoyed themselves. We look forward to our next Family Night event."