Reading is an out-of-this-world experience at Volney Elementary School; just ask the students who recently wrapped up a reading incentive program called “Reach for the Stars.”
Students in kindergarten through grade six at the school participated in the “Reach for the Stars” two-week reading challenge where they pledged to read and were sponsored by family and friends to read for at least 30 minutes each day.
The challenge was coordinated in conjunction with the nationwide reading celebration known as Read Across America.
At the end of the two-week period, students logged 159,442 minutes of reading and several classrooms were recognized for their outstanding achievement in the challenge. Mrs. Kathryn Schnall and Ms. Bridget Caprin’s fourth grade class was the top reading classroom for grades four through six and won an encyclopedia for their classroom.
Mr. Matthew Kimpland’s third grade class was the top reading classroom for kindergarten through grade three which earned them a free Bug Encyclopedia for their class.
The sixth grade classes at the school logged the most reading minutes at 69,139 minutes and won a pizza party in the library.
More than 200 students logged more than 300 minutes in the two-week period and were entered into a drawing for scooter that was donated by Brittney Jerred on behalf of USBORNE Books and More.
Joey Benavidez was the lucky scooter winner and was recognized during the school’s morning meeting.
In addition to the special recognitions at the end of the “Reach for the Stars” challenge, the students’ sponsorship funds were utilized to purchase one book for each student at the school and several additional books to keep in classrooms.