SOURCE: EDUCATIONAL TESTING SERVICE

Educational Testing Service

March 05, 2010 15:11 ET

ETS Supports Local Elementary School's Family Literacy Night

CONCORD, CA--(Marketwire - March 5, 2010) - Educational Testing Service is pleased to announce that more than 300 students, plus their families, attended Meadow Homes Elementary School's "Family Literacy Night," which was held on Tuesday, March 2, at the school. ETS's Concord office was a major sponsor of the event which coincided with Dr. Seuss' National Birthday Celebration and NEA's Read Across America Day.

ETS volunteers and teachers read Dr. Seuss books in English and Spanish to the children followed by a birthday cake and refreshments served to celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday. Each student received a Dr. Seuss book and a tote bag filled with school supplies such as pens, pencils, rulers, highlighters, Dr. Seuss stickers and book marks.

ETS Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for K-12 Large Scale Assessments, George Powell says, "ETS is proud to be part of the Concord community and proud to help Meadow Homes encourage their students to discover the excitement of reading." 

"ETS staff raised the money for the Dr. Seuss Books and the refreshments for the 'Family Literacy Night,'" Rose Payan, ETS Senior Director, Large Scale Assessments, K-12 Assessment Programs, says. "We had a lot of fun and it was moving to watch the students select the books they were to take home. We had a wonderful turnout." 

The Dr. Seuss literacy celebration also includes a "Decorate Your Classroom Door Contest," where students will decorate their classroom doors with a Dr. Seuss book theme, such as Green Eggs and Ham, to tie the book event to other aspects of their curriculum. The contest will be held on Tuesday, March 9. Powell and a team of ETS staff will judge the art contest. One classroom per grade level will win the pizza and juice, also sponsored by ETS. 

Payan says, "The teaching staff and students are very excited about the art contest."

ETS employees from the Concord California office raised money during the 2009 ETS Cares Campaign to support Family Literacy Night.

Meadow Homes Elementary has approximately 940 students and is located in the Monument Corridor of Concord. Due to the combined efforts of its teaching staff, students, and parents, and under the leadership of school Principal Toby Montez, Meadow Homes Elementary has focused on improving literacy skills and recently achieved a 31 point gain in its Academic Performance Index.

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