FULTON – The Fulton City School District recently celebrated its youngest students’ foundation of learning with the UPK Family Literacy Night.
Held in the Fulton Junior High School cafeteria, several UPK families, including students from the Volney, Fairgrieve, Granby and Lanigan programs, visited various tables where they learned about a book and completed an activity.
Fairgrieve’s UPK program hosted a “Pete the Cat” craft where the four-year-old students were tasked with practicing fine motor skills as they glued Pete’s four groovy buttons on a paper bag puppet.
At Volney’s table, students were introduced to nursery rhymes and a craft where they helped Miss Muffet choose healthier eating options.
Teacher Jennifer Kerfien said at least 80 percent of what her students do in class revolves around literacy, including all core subject areas.
“Chicka Chicka Boom Boom,” one of the most popular UPK books was a favorite among Granby UPK students and teachers alike, as they offered an alphabet tree activity.
Aside from the fun, students also learned letter recognition and sounds.
Meanwhile, Lanigan’s program offered a “Five Little Pumpkins” literature and craft component.
Students were also able to take a book home and enjoy a spider-themed treat.
Heather Witter, FCSD Director of Literacy and UPK, said she was thrilled with the turnout because family engagement is key, beginning with UPK.
The event also promoted school-to-home communication.