The blue and gold yard signs reading “Homework Tonight: READ” are part of a Grand Haven Area Public Schools community campaign to encourage parents' engagement with their children, and increase reading at home.
Mary Jane Evink, the school district’s curriculum specialist, said the campaign serves as a reminder that reading is important, but also that parents want their children to be college- and career-ready.
Parents and community members interested in displaying the signs in their yards can contact the district's Educational Services Center at 616-850-5000; or print the sign off the district's website, ghaps.org.
Evink said they encourage reading for informational and educational purposes, and for fun.
“I think that when parents read with children, it’s a powerful experience,” she said. “As students get older, they should be reading independently.”
Valerie Livingston, principal of Mary A. White Elementary School, said the idea for the campaign came from a leadership team book study of “Schools Cannot Do It Alone” by Jamie Vollmer.
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