With a book in one hand and a pastry in another, Miller Elementary School students enjoyed a fun and tasty start to the school day with their parents Friday.
The school conducted “Pastries with Parents” for grades K-1 before class in the library. Parents were invited to join their children for donuts, milk and juice, and students who attended could choose a new book to keep.
Miller Title I teacher Nanette Schwartz was happy with the turnout. She ordered 10 dozen donuts for 100 parents and their children.
“It has been really popular because of the time of day,” Schwartz said. “They can come in and share some family time before the parents go off to work.”
Six-year-old first-grader William Taylor read Amelia Bedelia, Rocket Scientist by Herman Parish with his parents Christina and Richard Taylor. Christina read the book as a youngster and passed it along to her son.
“It’s one of our favorite characters,” Christina said.
William said the book is a fun read.
“It’s about science,” he said. “She blew someone’s wig off.”
Christina said books are an important part of the family’s household. William’s older brother, Alex Taylor, is a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and William often saw his brother reading and studying.
“We have a lot of books,” Christina said. “Somebody is always reading in our house.”
Miller principal Diana Lesneski said parents play a critical role in encouraging their children to read.
“The kids do better in school when their parents are involved and participate with them as readers,” Lesneski said. “We want to connect our parents with the school and their children’s learning.”
Schwartz said the parent-child connection is important.
“If (reading) is important to mom and dad, it will be important to the kids,” she said.
It was the third Pastries with Parents event at Miller in 2017-18. Previous ones were held for students grades 2-3 and 4-5.