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Van Wezel teaching artists to join Alta Vista Family Literacy Night

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SARASOTA, May 3, 2017 – Teaching artists from the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall will lead a workshop for second graders and their families at a special Family Literacy Night at Alta Vista Elementary School. From 5:30-7:30, Wednesday, May 3, second-grade students and teachers will participate in reading activities with Van Wezel teaching artists. The evening will include a dinner for participating families.

The second-grade students and teachers also will take part in a follow-up literacy activity on May 8 at the Van Wezel They have been invited to attend a performance of “The Teacher from the Black Lagoon,” a play based on a popular children’s book.

The Junior League of Sarasota and the Van Wezel Foundation are the sponsors of the event. The Junior League and Van Wezel already have presented books to more than 325 pre-kindergarten through first-grade students at Alta vista and provided their families with new tools to help their children learn at home as well as at school. One hundred and twenty-five additional books will be distributed to second-graders during the Family Literacy Night.

The Junior League and Van Wezel also offer workshops at the Van Wezel for Alta Vista teachers. Alta Vista Principal Dr. Barbara Shirley said, “We are grateful to the Van Wezel and the Junior League of Sarasota for providing opportunities that promote a love of reading and encourage family involvement in their child’s education. Our teachers have attended professional development workshops and received training to create and implement arts-integrated learning experiences that enhance reading.”

Alta Vista Elementary is located at 1050 S. Euclid Ave., Sarasota.


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