ROCKLAND – Esten Elementary School students and their parents started their day a different way at the school’s Breakfast With a Book events last week.
Parents had the chance to come into school and spend the morning reading with their child, and were then encouraged to discuss the book while sharing doughnut holes and drinks.
Kindergarten through fourth grade parents joined their students last week, on Oct. 24 and Oct. 25.
The events, which merged Esten’s existing “Munchkins with Mom” and “Donuts for Dads” programs, was planned by teachers Kaithlyn Juffre, Samantha Fortin and Carol Hocking. Rockland Title One Coordinator Diane Hayes was on hand at the event to talk with parents about the importance of reading together with their children.
Approximately 200 parents came to Esten to participate in the events, which has become an annual tradition for the school.
“The children love having their parents come to school with them,” Principal Marilyn Smith said. “Sharing a book and having breakfast is a nice way for our kids to share the place where they spend so much of their time. It gives them a real sense of pride.”