Pulaski Elementary students take part in national reading challenge

PES Reading ChallengeBy CALVIN PYNN



Students at Pulaski Elementary School participated in a nationwide effort to “Read the Most Coast to Coast” this past Friday, Feb. 28.

They were among hundreds of thousands of students who joined in the annual reading challenge. By the end of the day, the students took a total of 719 quizzes, passing 566 quizzes scoring above 80 percent.

Read the Most Coast to Coast encourages students to read more and take part in a one-day effort to beat the record for the number of Accelerated Reader Quizzes taken in one day. Last school year, students across the country set a new one-day record of 4,409,622 quizzes.

The world record was broken around 3:15 p.m. Eastern Time, passing the 4.6 million mark, with the meter still counting. The goal this year was to hit 5 million passed quizzes across the nation.

At Pulaski Elementary School, as many as 377 students took part in the shared effort to top a national reading record. Within the school, classes competed to see which homeroom would complete the most quizzes on Friday.

Each student’s individual reading progress was also tracked for the month of February with each grade winner receiving a gift certificate for the upcoming Book Fair in March.  All students who participated received a Certificate of National Participation, as well as a bag of popcorn for being a Popping Reader!

“Read the Most Coast to Coast is a fun-filled event that enables students at multiple grade levels to join in a shared reading challenge,” said Lidia Van Blerk, the school’s librarian. “Students are engaging in valuable reading practice, all while taking part in an event that joins students across the country in a collaborative effort focused on reading.”

According to Van Blerk, the students were very enthusiastic about participating in the competition and taking the reading quizzes. She also believes that inspiring the enthusiasm for children to read can open up many possibilities for the students.

“If a child reads, I always tell them they can do anything,” said Van Blerk.

Renaissance Learning’s Accelerated Reader is a K12 program that serves as a platform for teachers to manage independent reading practice. Students read books at the appropriate level and then take a quiz to show they understood what they’ve read.

The web-based program provides access to 160,000 quizzes, enabling students to choose from a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction books.

During the event, Renaissance Learning tracks national quizzes on its hosted database and share progress online. Educators, parents, and interested community members can see progress toward the national goal at www.renaissancelearning.com/read-the-most.



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