Over 400 people packed St. Peter Lutheran School in Arlington Heights on Friday, Jan. 29, for Family Reading Night. Areas of the school were transformed and families enjoyed different reading themed activities.
The gym was made to be a campground site and children and parents could read in tents with flashlights under the stars. Classrooms were turned into Pajama Party rooms and teachers and staff read their favorite stories to children of all ages.
Author Kevin Luthardt joined the fun and signed books for students and shared his story about being an author and illustrator. In honor of one of his books, "Larabee," students made an edible puppy Larabee to enjoy.
One of the busiest areas of the school was the Middle School wing which was turned into a coffee house. Middle school students participated in a Poetry Slam and shared their literary works while families and students listened and enjoyed the drinks and treats prepared for them. Former St. Peter graduates served as guest judges. Best of all, children got to wear their pajamas.
"Our reading night at St. Peter brought our whole school together to celebrate reading! It was awesome to see families reading together and our middle school students participating in a Poetry Slam and both having fun!" said Bruce Rudi, St. Peter Principal.
St. Peter Lutheran School was awarded the National Blue Ribbon of Excellence in 2013 and was named a 2015 National Exemplary Lutheran School. The school currently serves over 550 students, ranging from age 2 through grade eight. To find out more about this award winning school, contact Melissa Nelson, director of Admissions, at (224) 387-3819.