Schmitt Elem, Summer Reading & Water Balloons

Literacy | 08/18/2017

Jeani Frickey Saito
Executive Director

It started with a pledge to participate in summer reading and ended a few months later with a chance to throw water balloons at their principal, Mr. Tang.

With the school year about to start, parents, students, and educators from Schmitt Elementary School gathered at Ruby Hill Park in Denver last night for a picnic.   

Parent leaders with Stand for Children and the Eagles NEST, organized the event to bring the community back together to kick off the school year and reengage in conversations about their literacy campaign.

“At the end of the school year we asked families to pledge to keep reading all summer long. Summer slide is a real problem, so we wanted students to participate in the Denver Public Library’s summer reading program. Students that completed the summer reading program earned some water balloons to throw at our principal, Mr. Tang at the picnic. Everyone had a great time!” said Jeannie Nelson, Schmitt parent and one of the event's organizers.

Schmitt parents have led an effort to help improve literacy rates at their school. They have signed the Read Now Colorado pledge and attended workshops at the school about literacy and how to support their students.

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