EVART — The kids came to school wearing their pajamas, toting favorite stuffed toys, and were greeted right at the door to Evart Elementary by their principal decked out for the occasion wearing among other things, her favorite robe and finest fuzzy slippers.

It was Family Night and a time for bedtime stories complete with cookies and milk.

After spending time hearing stories together and sharing snacks, they headed off to classrooms where teachers read a variety of stories to children and parents alike.

A few little ones actually were read to sleep, snoozing until it was time to move on to another room or get ready to go home.

Each child received a special book to take home and families were encouraged to continue the Family Night fun with a bedtime story again a little bit later. Sue Lenahan, a counselor who read the Cat in the Hat, said parents also received reading tips, books for home, and were encouraged to request additional reading materials if they would like more.

One little boy stopped in a doorway to one classroom where many students had gathered and said, “Hey, is that a coach?” When the woman said she believed so, the child said, “Wow!” and proceeded to go in and listen.