Family Literacy event combines fun, games, career, community

Nearly 600 parents and their elementary-age children who participate in the Lincoln Public Schools Family Literacy Program were treated to a special event at the Lincoln Children’s Museum on Tuesday night - an event that not only provided creative playtime for students, but career and community resources for parents.

The Family Literacy Program is a family-centered approach to education that brings students and their families together to learn. Parents meet daily at their student’s school not only for classes to improve their English speaking skills, but for job skills, community resources and Parent and Child Together Time (PACT), when they attend a class and learn alongside their students.

The event kicked off year two of a partnership between the Family Literacy Program and the museum. Funded through a grant, families received free transportation to the museum, free admission and free memberships for the rest of the year.

“It is amazing to see families experience the Children's Museum for the first time and see the excitement they have as they explore,” said Monica Asher, LPS family engagement coordinator.  “Events like this allow families an opportunity to see what is happening within the community while providing a time to have fun as a family.”  

During the event, attendees also had the opportunity to attend an adjoining job and resource fair, where they learned about available career pathways in the manufacturing, health and skilled trade industries. There was information about community resources for after-school programs, athletics and education. The LPS Federal Programs Department and the museum partnered with EmployLNK to offer the job and resource fair. A grant from the Mirian Moeller Charitable Trust paid for the museum memberships.

Published: September 26, 2019, Updated: September 30, 2019