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Proviso East to Host Monthly Parent Involvement Meeting with a Focus on Home Literacy

Proviso East High School is continuing its Parent School Partnership Program (PSP) meetings in order to offer parents more information, greater resources, and a stronger bridge to connect with the school community.

On Wednesday December 15th (6 p.m. – 8 p.m.), Proviso East High School will host its December PSP meeting at Borders book store in Oak Park (1144 Lake St.). This month’s topic is home literacy and how it can be used to support academic achievement.

“Home literacy is very important for student success,” said Proviso East Principal Milton Patch. “Students who embrace reading for enjoyment often become strong readers and lifelong learners. They begin to read for information, which in turn improves their capacity in school.”

The term home literacy refers to student participation in literacy-related activities in the home. A student’s literacy is impacted by the availability of print material and the frequency of reading. Studies show that the frequency of reading and the availability of reading materials in the home are strong contributors to a student’s academic development. Mr. Patch says that is why they chose to have this month’s meeting at Borders book store.

“The ultimate goal in developing a strong family literacy campaign will enable students and their parents to become partners in this venture as they are able to explore the world around them,” said Patch. “Borders will have one of their staff members discuss the various genres that high school students are interested in reading. Also, books make fine gifts.”

During the PSP meeting, a literacy expert will offer parents tips on creating a better home literacy environment. The group will also have an opportunity to discuss how parents can become models for literacy activity. All parents are welcome to attend. If you are interested in being a part of the Parent School Partnership, please send a brief message with your student’s name and parent contact information to psp@pths209.org.

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