By: Griffin Anderson, Contributing Writer
Centralia Intermediate School, which serves students in grades 3-5 for the Centralia R-VI School District, is launching a new event for students and their families.
Book and Bike Night is a new outreach event led by the Title 1 program at CIS. Title 1 programs provide schools with extra resources necessary to provide a quality education for all students.
Whitley Melton, a Title 1 Reading Specialist and Instructional Coach at CIS, brought the idea to Centralia from her previous school district.
“As part of our Title 1 program, we want to make sure that all stakeholders feel a sense of involvement in how we are allocating funds and resources. After reviewing the feedback we received from parents throughout the year, and specifically after we released the Title 1 Parent Survey, we heard that parents wanted to be part of the school community,” said Melton.
Melton explained what this event will look like.
“This event will operate a lot like a carnival. There will be multiple community tables set up to promote their summer events. We have also partnered with the Safe Kids Foundation from the University of Missouri. They will be there passing out free helmets to students who show up without one. Since it is called Book and Bike Night, Title 1 will be passing out free books to CIS students, as well as will have a bike path set up for students to ride their bikes!” said Melton. She added, “Mary Decker [also a CIS Title 1 Reading Specialist and Instructional Coach] and I will also be available to answer any questions parents might have regarding Title 1 at CIS. We are also planning to supply Walking Tacos for a limited time that evening! Who doesn’t love tacos?”
The event will be held on Thursday, May 5 at Centralia Intermediate School with a scheduled time of 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM. The event is open to families of CIS students; however, giveaway items will only be given to CIS students due to a limited amount of items. Melton noted a back-up plan is currently in the process of being developed, so they will be able to host the event if a weather conflict arises. A flyer will also be sent home to each CIS student with information regarding the event.