Westside students learning about different countries during ‘Literacy Nights’

Students from Westside Elementary sit with Principal Judy Wench to decorate eggs, a traditional practice of Iranians in celebration of Nowruz, the Persian New Year.(ASHLEY D. THOMAS/ DAYTONA TIMES)
Students from Westside Elementary sit with Principal Judy Wench to decorate eggs, a traditional practice of Iranians in celebration of Nowruz, the Persian New Year.
(ASHLEY D. THOMAS/DAYTONA TIMES)

Students at Westside Elementary continue their monthly “Literacy Nights,” aimed at helping to improve early literacy at the school.

Each month students learn about a different country through reading, clothing, crafts and food. This month, students learned about Persia (Iran), which recently celebrated the Persian new year.

Principal Judy Winch says the monthly event has been a hit among students and parents. About 400 student and parents attended last week.

The Rotary Club of Daytona Beach is sponsoring the series of five literacy nights along with Food Brings Hope, a local non-profit organization that provides meals to homeless or underprivileged children while nurturing the body, mind and spirit.

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