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September 24, 2018

Fairgrieve students book it through reading initiative


A novel idea at Fairgrieve Elementary School has translated into reading success within the building, and students were recently rewarded for their efforts.

Fairgrieve Elementary School students (from left) Alexandra Coakley, Olivia Cunningham, Isabella Cary and Lexi Patterson are all smiles as they enjoy ice cream treats recognizing them for reading at least 2,000 minutes this school year.

Fairgrieve Elementary School students (from left) Alexandra Coakley, Olivia Cunningham, Isabella Cary and Lexi Patterson are all smiles as they enjoy ice cream treats recognizing them for reading at least 2,000 minutes this school year.

At the beginning of the school year, Principal Jean Ciesla launched a reading challenge to all the students at Fairgrieve.

Each student received a calendar to take home and log their time spent reading.

Once the minutes are recorded, parents or guardians have to sign off on it and then the students submit the completed calendar to their teacher.

“We encouraged the students to read at least 15 minutes a day,” Ciesla said. “Our goal was to have the boys and girls read 2,000 minutes by the halfway point, and 4,000 minutes by the end of the year.”

Ralph Stacy III, Alex Crisafulli and Kadin Berne (from front to back) enjoy popsicles, ice cream sandwiches and ice cream bars during a Fairgrieve Elementary School reading celebration. The students logged 2,000 reading minutes since the start of the school year.

Ralph Stacy III, Alex Crisafulli and Kadin Berne (from front to back) enjoy popsicles, ice cream sandwiches and ice cream bars during a Fairgrieve Elementary School reading celebration. The students logged 2,000 reading minutes since the start of the school year.

For dozens of students, the 2,000-minute goal was an attainable one, and they earned special recognition during an ice cream social in late February.

“Congratulations everyone for making it to the 2,000-minute mark,” Ciesla said. “You should be very proud of what you accomplished. “

The principal encouraged the students to continue reading each night and reminded them that another celebration would be held in June if they are able to keep on pace and log another 2,000 minutes.

One Response “Fairgrieve students book it through reading initiative”

  1. Cindy Mulcahey
    March 11, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    This really gladdens my heart when children are encouraged in a positive attitude about reading. Awesome Way to go teachers, principals and students , keep up the good work.

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