The eighth annual IMSA Community Family Reading Night was coordinated and hosted by IMSA’s Information Resource Center and student volunteers for area elementary school students and their families on November 14, 2013.
This year’s theme was “Reading Robots,” and during the two hour event, elementary students and their siblings painted ceramic robot banks and participated in an IMSA’s Kid’s Institute science activity. The IMSA Robotics Team presented a demonstration of a robot they had built, and many of the attendees were able to use the remote control to “drive” the robot.
Approximately three hundred students, siblings and their parents from area Aurora elementary schools attended. Participating schools included Oak Park Elementary School, McCleery Elementary School, Smith Elementary School and Hall Elementary School, all from Aurora; and Fearn Elementary School from North Aurora.
In addition to crafts time, face painting, the science activity and the robotics, there was Storytime in the IRC. Each child who attended was given a free book provided by the Literacy Program of the Junior League of DuPage and Kane Counties .
The IMSA Office of Admissions coordinated student-led bilingual tours of the IMSA campus for parents.
This year Dart Container was the event sponsor, and their generous donation allowed for every child in attendance to leave with a t-shirt/backpack.
Another sponsor of Family Reading Night was Oberweis Dairy, which provided free ice cream to all in attendance.
Raffle prizes were donated by East and West Aurora High School Athletic Departments, Pizza Hut and Luigi’s Pizza and Fun Center.