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Columbus Schools to Host Reading Course for Parents

COLUMBUS (Lu Ann Stoia / Kelsey Mallahan) -- With more than 50 percent of Columbus City Schools third grade students not passing the reading portion of the fall 2013 Ohio Achievement Tests, the district has taken some new steps to try to help those who are struggling.

CCS has planned to host a Parent Literacy Academy on Saturday, Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. The program is designed to help parents further support their children's improvement efforts.

"We have been working hard to improve the reading skills of our third graders, but we realized that we needed to involve parents more in the effort," CCS Superintendent Dan Good said.

Good said parents had been telling them they want to help their student but they don't know exactly what to do. 

Saturday's event is to entail four workshops led by literacy coaches and teachers. CCS said it will offer snacks, door prizes, gift bags and a take home book for every third grader.

There will be translators available for non-English speaking families and child care available on site for kids ages two to five years old.

The event is to be held at East High School, 1500 E Broad St. The district said it will provide free transportation from all of its high schools to and from East High School during the academy.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Click here for more information or call the district's Factline at 614-221-3228.

*Due to weather this event has been rescheduled for Feb. 8, 2014.*
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