Telescopes, tents and sleeping bags were all fair game recently at S.S. Palmer Elementary.

Complete with a camping theme, "A Night Under the Stars" was an annual Title I reading event held to promote family involvement and reading literacy.

Family Reading Night was open to students from S.S. Palmer Elementary, Parkside Education Center and Pre-K kids to attend with their families.

Those families that arrived visited "The Ranger Station" with Jennifer Ramaly, S.S. Palmer Reading Specialist. They received a map guide and a brief explanation of what to expect and visit.

Another area was the "Campground" with Holly Sell, Parkside Reading Specialist. There, families read together with flashlights and had various stories read aloud throughout the evening.

The "Nature Center" was led by Jessica Silifies, S.S. Palmer Reading Specialist. There, the children followed step-by step directions on making a homemade bird feeder.

Kathryn Malay, S.S. Palmer Reading Specialist, was leading literacy games at the "Frog Pond." Children from preschool through sixth grade were able to play "Frog" Literacy Games together.

The final area was the Picnic Area with Bonnie Vito, Title I Paraprofessional and Mary Brumbach, principal. There families enjoyed s'mores and drinks. Additionally, parents could take copies of many reading resource materials that were made available to them.

Also, Diane Danielson, director of the Palmerton Area Library, was on hand to share information about programs being offered to families. In addition, a parent who attended the Title I Parent Conference last year, also came by to share what she learned from the conference.

Ramaly said the event was geared to bring children and their parents together for an educational lesson filled with fun.

"We want to get the children excited about reading," Ramaly said. "We want to give families some tools to have good reading experiences at home."

Ramaly said the looks on their faces showed the students enjoyed the event.

"I'm pleased with the turnout," she said. "They seem to be thrilled."

Before the families left, each child was able to select a book to take home with them.