Rhea County High School

The main entrance of Rhea County High School is pictured above.

On Thursday, Sept. 12, Rhea County High School will host its first annual Family Literacy Night. The event, which will be held from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m., will feature several events designed to help high school students and their families improve students’ grades and teach them more effective study habits.

Celebrated storyteller and motivational speaker Rebecca Alexander will be a special guest at the event. Alexander performs regularly with the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild and is a member of the National Storytelling Foundations, ETSU Tale Tellers, the Network of Biblical Storytellers and Boone’s Creek Christian Church in Johnson City, Tenn.

Athletes from the University of Tennessee Knoxville will speak via pre-recorded video about the importance of literacy in today’s competitive society.

Several members of the RCHS faculty will be on hand to present workshops designed to improve study skills and help boost student performance. Some workshops include ways families can use games and movies to improve vocabulary and reading skills, strengthening math skills through day-to-day activities, using poetry and song to improve language skills and the Read Aloud Family.

There will be a book fair hosted by Barnes and Noble. Students will be able to purchase books and even spin a wheel to win prizes.

Improving students’ academic performance will obviously be the focus of theevening, but there are also some incentives for RCHS students and their families who attend. Several door prizes will be awarded. The first 100 students will receive school supplies and two tickets to RCHS’s 2020 prom will be given away to one lucky junior or senior student. There will be other prizes, including cash, awarded as well.

Education is the key to achievement, regardless of a student’s plans after graduation.

Those entering the work force, continuing their education after high school or entering the military must recognize the importance of literacy if they are to effectively serve their communities as adults. The goal of Rhea County High School’s Literacy Night is to involve the community in the education of our future leaders.

If you have further questions, you may contact Rebekah James or Teresa Sessions at (423) 285-6833.