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Hudson Rotary Club, teachers hold summer reading workshops

The children participated in a Readers’ Theater at Hudson High School last week. (Photo/Caroline Gordon)

HUDSON – With the sponsorship of the Rotary Club and the help of Hudson teachers and the Hudson High School Interact Club, community members came together this summer to help parents support their children’s reading skills. school.

Zach Maule, a Rotarian and father, said the idea for the event came to him when his daughter was working with reading specialist Julie McGowan.

“Watching it [McGowan] and learning a bunch of things myself was really helpful for how I interacted with my kids,” Maule said. “In addition, following the learning lost in recent years, we want to do things to catch up with our children.

He then discussed the idea with McGowan and Hudson High School social studies teacher and Interact Club counselor Pam Porter, who had wanted the club to organize a reading program for Hudson’s children.

“The program was a great success thanks to the efforts of Pam and Julie,” he said.

Parents, students improve their skills

The program, called Hawks Read, has run for four days for the past few weeks.

In one play, parents were instructed by McGowan on reading tips and tricks. In another room, the children worked with teachers from Hudson Public Schools on concepts taught to parents.

Skills that parents and children honed during the workshops included reading comprehension, oral reading fluency, motivating a reluctant reader, and goal setting.

Parents also observed teachers educating their children, and they could then imitate those skills at home. The next time the group met, the participants reviewed the concepts the children were struggling with.

Then last Thursday, the students – dressed in costumes in front of colorful handmade sets – performed in a readers’ theatre.

Porter said the workshops were free and made up of volunteers who wanted to “do something about literacy.”

Some of Porter’s high school students had not signed up for the four evening workshops, but attended anyway because they enjoyed working with children.

Porter said she hopes the event will spark other ways for her, her fellow teachers and the Rotary Club to support community education. She noted that feedback from parents would be helpful.

Maule said a parent approached him and said this workshop was “exactly what they need as parents.”

“This is a community effort to bring together Hudson Public School teachers, the Rotary Club, the Interact Club, and parents and their children,” Maule said.

He added: “As a father and someone who lives here in Hudson, no one needs more proof of the dedication of the teachers at Hudson Public School, but here they are – in the summer [and] at their own pace. They are great.”

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