Visiting the library is always a great way to spend a hot summer day, and now students have even more of a reason to stop by a local branch thanks to the EPISD Parent Learning Series.
The EPISD Student and Family Empowerment Department launched the first phase of their summer family engagement series this week at three El Paso Public Library branches across the city.
“The literacy-based learning series is open for parents and their children,” Family Empowerment Coordinator Angie Ramirez said. “The first and second week include parent and child activities on math, science and social studies. The second and third week will include literacy lessons dedicated to social emotional topics.”
Students and their parents spent time together Thursday at the Memorial Park library, learning the difference between solids and liquids. To demonstrate the difference between the states of matter, students were asked to stack plastic blocks and then to try to do the same using a dropper filled with water.
“You can’t stack drops of water because it’s a liquid and does not behave in the same manner as a solid,” parental involvement assistant Frank Chavez said.
Chavez hopes he sees students from his home campus Dowell Elementary, but is having a good time guiding the lessons for the children in the community.
“It’s our first year, and so far, we’ve had a great turnout,” Chavez said. “This is out third day and the kids have been having a lot of fun.”
Bonham Elementary student Jocelyn Alvarez attended the class with her mom Sukie Juarez.
“This is really great for the kids,” Juarez said. “It gives them time to keep learning in the summer, and as a parent it’s a great opportunity to stay involved with our kids and do something fun.”
Although the classes are geared toward first and second grade students, children of all ages are encouraged to attend. Moreno Elementary fifth grader Aaliyah Alegre enjoyed her time at the library with her mom and sister.
“I like books and reading so this has been really fun,” Aaliyah said. “I already checked out some chapter books to take home.”
Here is the schedule for the summer learning series:
Monday: 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m., 1:30 -3:30 p.m.
Thursday: 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m., 1:30 -3:30 p.m.
Dorris Van Doren
Monday: 1:30 -3:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m., 1:30 -3:30 p.m.
Monday: 1 -3 p.m.
Tuesday: 1 -3 p.m.
Thursday: 1 -3 p.m.