Carmela Elementary and THINK Together inspiring families to read together

Carmela Elementary and THINK Together inspiring families to read together

Carmela Elementary in the South Whittier School District in partnership with THINK Together recently hosted a family literacy night. Site Coordinator Jennifer Mendoza and Principal Mrs. Lisa Wilson collaborated to plan this great event.

More than 30 families were in attendance to learn different literacy strategies and gain access to resources that encourage reading at home. The event was an opportunity for parents to bond with their students through literacy. The activities were translated in both English and Spanish and engaged students and their parents in hands on learning. Amalia, a parent in attendance had this to say about the event, “I enjoyed everything and appreciate that there’s an interest in getting parents involved and stressing the importance of practicing at home.”

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Activities included, site word tic tac toe, matching words and pictures, Reading A-Z books and making a special bookmark. Parents and students earned raffle tickets by participating. Books, backpacks and bookmarks were raffled off. Jamie Cervantes, Mom of Alexa a third grader said, “I like that Carmela and THINK Together show interest in our kids education by using games and making it fun.” Alexa said, “I liked playing Bingo with my mom.”

Chris Reyes from Los Altos Elementary also in the South Whittier School District supported his colleague Jennifer and helped parents sign up for Public Library cards. All applications will be submitted and families will have access to the local public library.

“I’m genuinely proud of Jennifer’s hard work and the collaboration of the THINK Together office staff,” said THINK Together Quality Assurance Coach Jeanette Cruz. “The event was a huge success and a great support to the South Whittier community. Thank you to Mrs. Wilson for her support and efforts to encourage literacy. Quality relationships, quality teamwork, and quality programs are what make a difference in a child’s life,” added Cruz.




  • Ashlie

    So great to see the bonds the THINK Together team is helping strengthen between parents and their kids — from an educational standpoint. Parent involvement is a huge part of a child’s success and should be accounted for in every type of education. Reminds me of another great educational program for kids; ThinkStretch. Family engagement with schools and students is a huge part of their program and has seen fantastic results for skill retention (& kids still have fun!). Find out more about how ThinkStretch schools create a community of learning: at

    [FULL DISCLOSURE: I don’t work for ThinkStretch, but I do help with their digital.]