Appalachian brings families together for reading night



Chris and Paige Latta with daughters Sophie and Josie

Chris and Paige Latta with daughters Sophie and Josie

On the evening of March 14, Appalachian Elementary School held its third annual Parent Reading Night, with more than 60 elementary students, parents, and other family members gathered at the school to hear stories told by Bunny Murphree, a local children’s storyteller.

For the third year in a row, Appalachian provided treats for each one attending: a tasty free meal, an age-appropriate book to take home, and a gift bag filled with items donated by Hometown Bank, People’s Bank, and State Farm agent Tom Lowry. From the happy faces in evidence, Parent Reading Night has become an Appalachian tradition, maybe to be celebrated for years to come.

This month, schools across Blount County have celebrated the NEA-sponsored Read Across America and Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Visit www.parenting.com/article/5- ways-to-make-reading-fun?cid=nea for more resources to make reading fun.