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Ridgeview community celebrates valentines in a special way

On Thursday, Feb. 14, Ridgeview Elementary School welcomed more than 160 members of the community into the library during their third annual “Loved Ones in the Library” event.

Parents, guardians and family members came in throughout the day on Valentine’s Day to sit with their child and read a book. They were notified about this event by invitations previously sent home with the students. They included a heart that students could color and list their favorite book and why they enjoyed reading that book. The hearts were then posted around the library.

“I really enjoyed spending time with my children in the library reading different books,” parent Claudia Williams said on a Valentine left in the library. “I am thankful for the school giving us parents the opportunity to do these things.”

The event was created by the Campus Instructional Committee to bring in the community and involve reading. In addition to the library staff being on hand, Family Specialist Cindy Ford helped serve members of the community.

“This event gets the students talking about literature early,” Librarian Roxanne Jenke said. “It is also a big part of the library community and the students enjoyed this hands on activity.”

After students finished reading with their families, they were given bilingual bookmarks that listed good reading strategies to continue their reading at home.

A parent and her two children read together in the library.Ridgeview students enjoy reading along to their favorite book at "Loved Ones in the Library."

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