Reading to Students

Sulphur City Council Member Stuart Moss models “Echo Reading” in his presentation of “Harry the Dirty Dog” for a literacy event held at CIRCLE Center West on Monday.

Sulphur City Council members read to Maplewood Elementary students at a Spring Into Reading literacy event held at CIRCLE Center West Monday, May 14.

CENTER Circle West, located in the former D.S. Perkins schoolhouse at 565 North Crocker St., is a reading resource center for students in grades third, fourth and fifth with disabilities and their parents. The center is filled with educational materials and a media center available to Calcasieu Parish School system students at no cost.

The center, its resources, and ongoing professional development for CPSB’s special education teachers, are funded through the State Personnel Development Grant, or SPDG. The Center is open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. weekdays, year round.

Monday’s event was a demonstration of the teaching strategies teacher’s have learned through SPDG-funded educator instruction. Council members modeled teaching Echo, Partner, and Fluent, reading strategies.

Dr. Betty Washington, CPSB Administrative Director of Special Services, said Calcasieu’s school system is one of only eight in Louisiana to receive the grant. “We engaged in the SPDG just to help our students improve their reading,” she said. “It’s all about reading. If you can’t read, it’s going to limit your life choices.

“We want to make sure our children leave with all the skills they need, so that they can be whatever they want to be,” said Washington, before noting that she saw several future doctors, lawyers, and teachers amongst the students.

Council members participating in the event included Stuart Moss, Melinda Hardy, Dru Ellender, and Joy Abshire.