Literatura Bilingual Family Literacy Program


Helping Families Grow Their Literacy and Math Skills.

Parental involvement is key in ensuring students’ academic success. In order to meet the needs of our school community, Birney Elementary is collaborating with Northwest Exterminating to launch Literatura, a drive-through bilingual family literacy program.

While COVID-19 has changed how we are able to interact with our community, Birney’s Academic Coaches Katherine Stieber and Michelle Mullinax, collaborated with the Northwest Exterminating Good Deeds Team to bring to life Literatura, a drive-through bilingual family literacy program.

Image 1: Birney Elementary School Principal Monica Howard volunteered at the October 8 Literatura event. She served families hot dogs and potato chips as they drove through to pick up their activities. Image 2: Students were excited to see the Star Wars characters when they came to pick up their Literatura activities. Some students hopped out of their vehicles to snap a quick picture with the characters like the Storm Trooper pictured here.

Literatura will take place bi-monthly and continue in a drive-through format to ensure the safety of the volunteers as well as the Birney school community. Each student will be able to pick up a free, grade-level activity bag which contains reading, math, science, and arts integration activities that reinforce or extend current grade-level standards. Included in the bags are all the materials needed such as game boards, popsicle sticks, dice and more. Every family also receives a bilingual picture book to encourage family togetherness by reading together.

Birney Assistant Principal Lugenia Purnell and Northwest Exterminating Good Deeds Team Co-Directors, Kristen Milligan and Greg Green, worked to safely prepare hot dogs for families to enjoy as they drove through to pick up their Literatura activities.

The first successful Literatura event was held on the evening of October 8th, 2020 and attended by 80 Birney families.

For more information about this event, please click here.


Laura Franco
Title I District Academic Coach

Contributing Author: Katherine Stieber, Title I Academic Coach

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