Submitted By: Marilyn Koonce, DeKalb School District Public Relations Intern
Approximately 450 community members filled the halls of Cortland Elementary during the school’s Literacy Night. Families were served dinner and once they were finished, sat in the gymnasium for a presentation about the evening’s activities. During the presentation, Principal Jennifer Hillard unveiled to students and parents the new school mascot. Cortland now has a school hamster. Students were able to submit suggestions for names throughout the evening.
Afterward, families had their choice of attending different stations to participate in a variety of activities. These activities included listening to stories read in English or Spanish, interacting with animals from TAILS, and entering a raffle. Doug Moeller, Superintendent of the DeKalb School District, assisted by reading to students as well.
Cortland Elementary’s Literacy Night was created to allow students and parents to come together in an effort to promote community and literacy skills.