Gazebo Gazette

“It takes a village” was brought to life at Coast Episcopal School in Long Beach this week when 25 parents volunteered to step into CES Classrooms while their children’s teachers attended the 2022 Mississippi Winter Literacy Conference at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi.

For three days, December 7-9, parents partnered with staff teaching assistants to cover Kindergarten, through Third Grades while each of those class’s teachers attended the three-day conference.  Prior to leaving for the enrichment conference, the classroom teachers created and provided resources for an in-class activity they dubbed, “Reading Rodeo.”

Parent volunteers read five books to the students: Snowy Day, The Legend of the Poinsettia, Owl Moon, The Legend of the Candy Cane, and There was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow, and then facilitated hands-on activities to reinforce the reading.

Those activities included watching the “Snowy Day” movie currently available on Amazon Prime, art projects, games to boost understanding of parts of speech, and exercises designed to bolster writing skills.

Five teachers attended the conference:  Transitional Kindergarten Teacher Melissa Flickinger; Kindergarten Teacher Kathy Terrell; First Grade Teacher Dody Bennett; Second Grade Teacher and Elementary Dean Kim McWilliams; and Third Grade Teacher Jilliane Larson.

CES Head of School Jake Winter remained on campus to oversee coordination of the Reading Rodeo.

“Watching our parents step into our classrooms to enable our teachers to attend this conference that will have such a positive impact on our students has been heartwarming.  Our school community is very fortunate to see this kind of parental involvement to support our educators.  It speaks to the magic that is Coast Episcopal School.”

The conference, which attracted educators from all over Mississippi, is an annual event produced by the Mississippi Literacy Association in partnership with the Mississippi Department of Education’s Office of Elementary Education and Reading for the purpose of providing literacy instruction for students in Kindergarten through Eighth Grade.

Coast Episcopal School has been dedicated to a life-long love of learning by developing the whole child:  – mind, body and spirit – and providing a joyful, unique and nurturing Judeo-Christian Community that inspires its students to imagine and create a better world.

Founded in 1950, CES is a member of the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS).  For additional information:  Coast Episcopal School, 5065 Espy Avenue, Long Beach, MS.  39560.  228-452-9442. Coastepiscopalschool.org