Best In State with the 2016 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge!
ETOWAH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IS HONORED
#1 NORTH CAROLINA SCHOOL
2016 SCHOLASTIC SUMMER READING CHALLENGE
Etowah Elementary School has reason to celebrate this back to school season because its students read more than 1,391,800 minutes this summer, earning them the title of “Best in State” for North Carolina in the 2016 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. The school will be featured in Best & Buzzworthy 2017: World Records, Trending Topics, and Viral Moments and will receive a special celebration, banner, and personalized plaque to commemorate the students’ summer reading achievements. This summer, children from across all 50 states and 25 countries read 204,594,918 million minutes in the 2016 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge.
The complete list of “Best in State” schools is available at www.scholastic.com/summer.
Now in its tenth year, the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free global reading program aimed at keeping kids reading all summer long. This year’s theme, “Be A Reading Superhero,” encouraged kids to be the best independent readers they can be and achieve the “summer leap” — a gain in reading skills that helps students prepare to tackle the upcoming school year. Schools and families enrolled children for free and throughout the 18 weeks of summer kids logged their summer reading minutes to unlock stories from some of their favorite authors including Dav Pilkey, R.L. Stine and Angela Cervantes.
Mrs. Broadhurst, “Last year our students read and logged minutes into the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge for the first time. We placed 20th in the world, in the 2015 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, and we were very excited about that accomplishment! However, when we decided to enter the competition again, for the 2016 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, we wanted and believed we could, place even higher.
At Etowah we encourage our students to not only read, but to grow as readers, by engaging in a mixture of reading and motivational programs. Over the summer we provided our students with a tremendous amount of both printed and digital books. We spearheaded the participation in a digital reading program offered by State Superintendent June Atkinson, and NCDPI. Due to the reading programs, motivation within our school community, and the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, our students were motivated to reach this phenomenal reading achievement of BEST IN THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA, and we are very excited about reading even more and soaring even higher next year!”
“This summer, educators and families worked together to help all children take the summer leap into great books to avoid the effects of the summer slide,” said, Michael Haggen, Chief Academic Officer, Scholastic Education, “The 2016 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge was a great success as children around the world read more than 200 million minutes and most importantly, experienced the joy of reading. We congratulate all the students who discovered their inner ‘reading superhero’ this summer, and we are excited to see that passion continue throughout the school year.”
Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge Stats:
- The 2016 top five states with most minutes read are: Texas (43,054,527 reading minutes), Florida (18,414,561 reading minutes), Louisiana (11,130,883 reading minutes), Pennsylvania (10,850,122 reading minutes) and Georgia (10,147,966 reading minutes).
- 3 U.S. Governors, 39 Gubernatorial Spouses and 1 Lieutenant Governor made the commitment to getting kids reading this summer by signing on as “Reading Ambassadors” for the 2016 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge to help support literacy in their states and encourage children and families to read throughout the summer months. Scholastic donated 500 books to the school of each Reading Ambassador’s choice (for a total of 21,500 books), and many of the Ambassadors hosted reading events in their respective states.
- 29 schools read more than one million minutes and 379 schools each read at least 100,000 minutes.
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