Breakfast and a book at Deltona Elementary School

Erin Jewell, 7, a second-grader at Deltona Elementary School, reads to her mother, Lisa, during the second annual Muffins with Mommy event at the school Friday morning. Mothers, and in some cases, grandmothers, brought children to school early to read with them over orange juice and muffins.

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Erin Jewell, 7, a second-grader at Deltona Elementary School, reads to her mother, Lisa, during the second annual Muffins with Mommy event at the school Friday morning. Mothers, and in some cases, grandmothers, brought children to school early to read with them over orange juice and muffins.

Deltona Elementary School parent educator Doris Tejada and reading coach Roseanne Johnson independently heard about a way to bring parents to school and encourage reading at home. It seemed like a good idea so they decided to implement it.

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This is the second year the school has hosted (with help from the PTA) Muffins with Mommy and Doughnuts with Daddy. This year, the teachers hope to hold both events twice. "It gets them to come in and encourages family involvement," Tejada said.

At this year's Doughnuts for Daddy, fathers or other significant male figures were invited to school for an early breakfast. "It was great," Tejada said. "I had 151" students and adults.

At the more recent Muffins with Mommy, there were more than 200 participants. The muffins were made by Hernando High School culinary arts students under the direction of teacher Mike Bainum.

During the breakfasts, guests are provided with books from the media center and encouraged to read to their children while they munch. Tejada and Johnson hope the encounters promote reading.

The children really seem to enjoy the event. "They can't wait for it," Tejada said.

There is no small amount of coordination to organize such a large event and Tejada praised the Deltona staff for all they do. "My staff here helps so much," she said. "We work as a team getting this together."

Tejada and Johnson hope to have the next doughnut and muffin events in the spring.

Breakfast and a book at Deltona Elementary School 12/17/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 1:02pm]

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