Cooke kids write about influential black Americans - Times Herald-Record

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MONTICELLO — Families of the students at the George. L. Cooke Elementary School who participated in the Black History Month essay writing contest attended Family Reading Night hosted by EPIC (Every Person Influences Children) on Feb. 27.

Students who participated all received a certificate of recognition. The students who wrote exemplary essays received prizes.

Monticello Central School District has such a diverse school community and it is important for all students to become familiar with other cultural backgrounds," replied Shannon Daniel, EPIC co-facilitator.

A guest volunteer from the Kiwanis Club of Monticello read to the students from kindergarten through second grade in the school library as students in grades 3-5 did arts and crafts pertaining to the theme of the night. The evening ended with cake and light refreshments.

"This was an awesome event." said Sandra Johnson Fields, Cooke Elementary School principal. "We had over 68 families in attendance to participate in this night. We look forward in seeing Family Reading Night and the Black History Month essay writing contest continue next year."