MERCERVILLE — South Gallia students spent Monday night learning about the importance of literacy in everyday life.
Students and their families were in the school Monday as part of literacy night, where students had the chance to walk through a domed theater; a contraption that projects images onto a dome and is viewed from the inside. These are often used to portray the constellations and other astrological scenes.
“It helps kick off our English and language arts skills in our building,” said Principal Bray Shamblin. “Literacy night helps to promote the initiatives we have in the middle school and to help carry those into the high school.”
Three different films were shown in the theater; “Habitat Earth”, “Into the Deep”, and “Timespace.” Each film explores natural science and promotes literacy across subject areas.
“Domed theater helps to relate items and content that we’re learning in the classroom and carries it over in a fun way in a planetarium type setting,” said Shamblin.
Literacy Night was held in conjunction with parent teacher conferences so parents had the chance to speak one on one with their children’s teachers and see first hand how the school promotes and encourages literacy. Students and their parents could also work on FAFSA to prepare for college while school staff was on hand to help with the process.
“It helps kids and parents understand that reading is fun, but it’s also important and something we want to focus on throughout the school year,” said Shamblin.
Pizza was provided free for the families that attended, and door prizes were given away to students that came. Students won tickets to Silver Screen VII, the skating rink, and other local businesses and restaurants. The event was funded through the federal Title 1 program, which is intended to increase the quality of education and literacy among students.
Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 ext 2108.