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Gabriel Butler (second from right), now at Goose Creek Memorial High School, and his family enjoy the POINT Open House.
POINT Holds Open House
By: Malikka Williams and Dr. Tricia Times
Three weeks into the 2018-2019 school year, POINT Alternative Center held its first Open House. Teachers and students had settled into the beginning of a promising year, and a fresh evening breeze touched the trees as parents parked their vehicles and walked into the doors at POINT.
Excitement filled the air and refreshments lined the beautifully adorned table as parents walked in and greeted teachers and administrators. It’s that special time when parents and teachers can build a strong community between home and school.
The general session provided parents with an overview of goals, school information and available supports for each student. Each family was able to select books for daily reading at home. Our focus this school year is literacy for all scholars.
The instructional committee introduced, “Reading enhances all discoveries and opens gateways to possibilities.” Research has accredited improved literacy with economic growth, reduced poverty, reduction in crime rates, increased civic engagement, increased participation in the democratic process and enhanced cultural diversity. Two out of three children living in poverty have no books at home to read. The basic ability to read and write is intertwined in every facet of life and is essential to the growth of the whole child. Therefore, literacy is so very important for the success of our city, town, state, and nation.
Parents were able to visit with each teacher to get acquainted with the academic and behavior expectations in every class. Everyone stayed focused on building positive relational capacity with parents and students. Warm salutations were heard as the parents exited the building for the evening. The POINT staff is grateful for the opportunity to have authentic connections and impart the importance of literacy to our scholars.
POINT also is honored to give a special thanks to Literacy for Texas CEO J’amie Garcia and Donna Mohlman of Academic Beginnings for Children for making the free book giveaway possible. Literacy for Texas and Academic Beginnings for Children donated 300 new bound library books published by Capstone and ABDO. Both agencies, together with POINT Alternative Center, are trying to make a positive impact on childhood literacy. Together we can and will make a difference!
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