GRAND ISLAND, Neb. -- A Grand Island elementary school is promoting literacy among its students. 

Hundreds of kids attended the first ever Literacy Night at Starr Elementary Friday night. 

Principal Selena Valentine said the aim is to get families involved in the literacy at home.  

“We have parents ask us a lot 'what can I do at home to help with my child’s reading and their learning?'" Valentine said. "So, they literally tonight will watch them participate in activities that are age-appropriate and then they’re going to actually take home something that they can practice with them.”

Students participated in variety of activities including making a bookmark, black out poetry and a free library where everyone could take a book home. 

“I want kids to have fun playing with language," said Integration Specialist Beth McCracken. "Sometimes kids hate reading and they just haven’t found the right thing to read for them, and so putting as many different books and styles of literature in front of them it’s a win-win situation for everyone.”

Imagination City Children’s Museum was on site and the GISH boys and girls soccer players read to students and signed autographs.

The activity was made possible thanks to Title I-A funding, a program that provides financial assistance to schools with high numbers of low-income children.