Elementary Students Read to Win Mayor's Summer Reading Challenge

     Published on 7/31/15   Tagged under:    District News   

Students from 11 SCSD elementary schools became bookworms this summer as they participated in Mayor Miner’s All Stars Summer Reading Challenge.
Kindergarten through fifth graders at Bellevue, Dr. King, Dr. Weeks, Frazer, Hughes, Huntington, H.W. Smith, LeMoyne, McKinley-Brighton, Seymour and Van Duyn each logged the number of minutes they read during the month of July. The class with the most minutes read at each school were awarded with a drawstring backpack, “Mayor Miner’s All Stars” sunglasses and a cake to celebrate their efforts.
Roberts sixth grader Joseph Derby, who read chapter books for 380 minutes, said it was nice to be recognized by the Mayor’s office. “It feels good that Mayor Miner thought of us because it means we achieved something.”
The program is now in its fifth year and was created to incentivize young students to continue reading over the summer and work together with their fellow classmates to read their way to success.
Roberts fifth grader Mekhya Bullock said reading helps her do better in her ELA class and provides a fun hobby at the same time. “I like to read because it’s a nice adventure. You can go into your own imagination and do whatever you want!”
Meachem first grader Chelsea Murray likes reading for the same reason. “I read The Cat in the Hat!” she explained. “It was cool and I liked it a lot.”
Chol Majok, a staff member in the Mayor’s office, spoke with several classes about the importance of continuing to read, even once the challenge was over. “The Mayor is very happy with what you did, because she loves to see kids reading!” he told them.
Congratulations to all of the students who took part for keeping their minds active over summer vacation!