Wednesday, March 23, 2016

CHCCS Read2Me Tailgate Stories Program Wins Award

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools' Read2Me Tailgate Stories program received the Laurie Horne Family Engagement Award on March 11 at the National Family Engagement Summit in Richmond, VA.  The award, in the amount of $2,500, was presented to Mary Andrews, a retired CHCCS educator, and Roslyn Moffitt, director of elementary education and Title I.

"The district will use the money from this award to purchase additional books and resources for the program," said Moffitt.

The Read2Me Tailgate Stories program, created by Andrews, engages children and families during the summer months.  Teachers go into neighborhoods to read aloud with students and families.  The program introduces children to a variety of literary styles and builds a communication bridge between the community and the school, while also increasing the children's personal book collection.

The National Family Engagement Summit is held each year for educators to highlight effective practices and techniques to engage families.  School districts from across the nation share innovative ideas to support parental involvement and promote family and school relationships.  The Laurie Horne Family Engagement Award is named for Laurie Horne, an esteemed North Carolina family engagement specialist, who epitomized connecting with families in a respectful and caring manner.

Mary Andrews (left) and Roslyn Moffitt (right) with award and check received at Summit