Family reading night goes to the dogs

REED CITY — Youngsters attending the Family Night action at Norman Elementary School in recent weeks have had a chance to meet some new four-legged friends, and on March 17, they will be able to take time to read to them.

The therapy dogs will be back again and children can curl up next to their furry new friends and read to them.

In addition, a whole variety of make it and take it activities are planned, along with computer lab activities, and the Card Wildlife Museum will be in the big gym with a display of various mounted animals.

The whole evening actually begins with a 5 p.m. dinner of nachos and fresh fruit, and the evening of activities will take center stage from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Among the special adult door prizes will be a $10 gift card from Vic’s, and two certificates for a 16-inch pizza from Pompeiis.

Student prizes will include two family of four passes to the Big Rapids Roller Rink. Both adults and students must be present to win.

At the end of the evening, each child attending Family Reading Night will be allowed to choose a book to take home with them.

Families are asked to bring in items for the Troop Care Package program. According to Vicky Bowman, Family Night coordinator, the items donated for the troops “help show our brave men and women that are fighting for our freedom that we really care.”

Sponsors for the Family Nights include the following: Big Rapids Garden Club, Country Veterinary Service, Dental Health Care, H&R Block, Hinkle-Witbeck Agency, Ice Mountain, Dr. Amy Keller, McDonald’s and Mosaic Potash.

Also, Osceola Community Foundation, Paradise Salon, Patches Enterprises, Pompeii’s, Seven Slot Grille, Target, TransCanada Corporation and Vic’s Foodland.

Anyone wishing to become a sponsor may contact Bowman at G.T. Norman Elementary School for additional information. More sponsors are needed to continue the program.

All children preschool through fifth grade may attend Family Nights for free with their families.

Bowman said the sponsors make it possible to continue, thanks to grants and donations. She also expressed continued appreciation “to the awesome staff at Norman who works so hard at each Family Night,” along with student volunteers and others from the area.