Students at Perry Elementary School in Carpentersville recently enjoyed a special Family Reading Night.
Sponsored by the Parent Involvement Design Team, the program is made up of teachers, administrators and local residents reading their favorite stories to the students gathered in the gymnasium.
The Volunteers for Students Foundation, in collaboration with the school and the Congregational Church of Algonquin, collected more than 660 books, through a book drop that was set up at the church.
As a result, each child at the Family Reading Night was sent home with a book in hand. The remaining books were made available to the children upon request.
"We offer book drops," VSF Director Mary Fioretti explained, "because youngsters may not have reading materials at home. This is a fact of life in lower income areas. (The book drops) will hopefully help the literacy process move forward."
The church also became personally involved in the VSF program, with the Rev. Jim Benzing, Christian Education Director Barb Field, and members Roger Aunt and Shirley Basler donating time to the school.
"Jim Benzing and Barb Field read to the children," Fioretti explained. "The teachers and kids loved seeing them come into the classroom on their scheduled days. They know Jim as Mr. Benzing, not as an associate pastor. …