More than 1,000 Rockwood families responded to an invitation to attend the district's literacy event, June 25.
Rockwood Coordinator Literacy K-5 and Title Programs Dr. Stefanie Steffan said, "This year at the Magic House we're giving away books for kids and information for parents on how to support literacy at home during the summer months."
Books were given away to students that correlate with the various themes around the Magic House. They included fairy tales, presidents, music, fishing and animals. The Magic House has a special exhibit about author Mo Willems, where a large selection of his "Elephant and Piggie" books were available for students. At an exhibit about China, students had access to books about panda bears and Chinese traditions.
"This is awesome," said Charles, a Rockwood parent whose children attend Summit and Kellison. "My daughter loves coming to The Magic House and she loves books."
"I like that the books are here," said Meredith, another Rockwood parent. "It gives kids something to do besides screens during the summer.
"I hope they come and have a fun, engaging family night out," said Steffan. "I hope that when parents leave they take information on how to support kids at home with reading."
Rockwood officials utilized school buses and cabs to help transport students and their families to the event.
"We offered bilingual and Spanish books as well as parent information translated into several different languages to accommodate our non-English speaking families," said Steffan. "We also had translators available."
The program was paid for by federal Title I funds.