Jackson-Via Elementary uses Facebook to read bedtime stories to students

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A local elementary school is making sure all of its students have the option of a bedtime story. Jackson-Via Elementary is turning to social media so that faculty can read to students.

Jennifer Tyndall is an instructional coach at Jackson-Via and says the idea was inspired by a post on Facebook.

"I think we had all kind of seen it on Facebook, crossing our page, you know, the viral video of the principal who was reading," said Tyndall.

The plan sprung into action when other co-workers reached out, with a proposal of their own.

"In their idea, they added to it, they wanted to spread it out," said Tyndall. "Not just have the principal read to kids, but have other teachers and community members read to our students."

Teachers say that students have been overjoyed about seeing them on camera.

"They absolutely love it, they kind of think that we're famous now, because they can go home and pull up Facebook on their parents' phone or on their computer, and see their favorite staff members reading to them," said Meaghan Fenton, a first-grade teacher. "They just get super excited about having their school community, influence their home community and their home life."

Students also love that they can see their favorite teachers, and read their favorite books.

"I like the teachers reading to me because they have all these different books that I like," said Avia Scott, a second grader.

Parents and students agree that this program is great for the school community.

"It gives the kids an option to hear a bedtime story to help them get to sleep, and you don't have to be too tired and fall asleep during it," said Betsy Scott, a parent of students in second and fourth grades.

Scott's older daughter, Jaxon, added, "I feel like this is really good for kids, whose parents are out late at work or who don't have time to read them bedtime stories."

Even though the school year is ending, the school says it plans on having bedtime stories available throughout the summer.

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