'Goodnight, Woonsocket' program aims to strengthen community through bedtime stories
By: Brittany Comak
WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WLNE) - The Woonsocket School Department is looking to incorporate itself into the bedtime ritual of its students at the beginning of each week through a new program.
The 'Goodnight, Woonsocket' program involves one reader each week, reading a story of their choosing, to thousands of viewers - and it's all online.
"Just to find a way to connect every week is awesome," said mother Amber Lizotte.
Every Sunday at 7 P.M. a new video is uploaded to the website for students and their families to enjoy.
"It's actually really helpful on Sundays to get us transitioned back into the school week," said Lizotte.
School department staff members Heather Neil and Jessica Donato were the ones to launch the website.
It started as a desire to build a stronger connection between the community and the schools.
"It seemed like a fun positive way to start the week off for our students," explained Neil.
It's grown into a tradition for families, a way for children to get in a bedtime story even if their parents are busy, or for children who don't have very many book or someone to read to them.
"It's a simple concept, but it's a powerful one," said Donato.
And with 4000 viewers last Sunday, they're only just getting started, and booking up.
"We would love to bring joy to people, even if it's just once a week," said Donato.
They also have past weeks' stories posted to their website.
If you are interested in reading, you can contact the school department.