Mount hosts Family Literacy Night at Bishop Dunn

November 29, 2016

Colin Noonan of Montgomery, N.Y., a Mount Saint Mary College graduate education student (center) hosts the “Reading Under the Stars” ghost story workshop during Family Literacy Night at Bishop Dunn Memorial School. 


The young students of Bishop Dunn Memorial School embraced the power of the written word recently at Family Literacy Night, hosted by Mount Saint Mary College teacher candidates.

About a dozen Mount graduate education students presented a variety of interactive literacy stations, from creating a family writing journal to “Reading Under the Stars” – a ghost story workshop complete with tent, simulated camp fire, and real s’mores.

“The big emphasis for this program is engaging both the students and the parents in literacy,” said Mario Mercado of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., a Mount graduate education student. “We want to send them home with something tangible that they worked on together. And hopefully, they’ll want to spend more time on literacy at home, too.”

In addition, 15 Mount undergraduate students from a tutoring skills course at the college presented strategies to help the Bishop Dunn students become better writers.

Mount professors Sonya Abbye Taylor and Marie-Therese Sulit spearheaded the event. They thanked Ronald DePace, Bishop Dunn principal; Nancy Benfer ’04, assistant principal; and Daniel Shea, professor of English and chair of Arts and Letters, for their aid in making the event a success.