Literacy Night for students and parents of Southeast Elementary School last week brought together community resources, technology and fun activities – all built around the value of books.

The Thursday event started with Lidia Guzman, community coordinator for the Kinston Police Department, and Hernika Cannon, CEO of ACT NOW, sharing information about resources that are available to everyone in the community.

Parents and students were then able to rotate through three different sessions: Storytelling, BINGO for Books, and Digital Literacy.

Amber Hargett, who directs the children’s library at the Neuse Regional Library in Kinston, read stories designed to enhance students’ imaginations. During BINGO for Books, students and parents played bingo to win free books for all reading levels.

Digital Literacy was hosted by teachers Charlie Davis, Erica Powell and Crystal Taylor. The teachers told parents how they incorporate technology in their classrooms to teach literacy.

Families were offered pizza dinner and literacy materials to help further instruction while at home.