Williamsport Elementary School to hold summer reading program

June 30, 2012

Williamsport Elementary Magnet School for Science, Math and Technology is sponsoring a summer reading program.

First-grade teachers Robin Smith and Stacie Hood have worked hard to start this program.

Research has shown that students can lose two months of progress over the summer.  As a reading community, the school wants to encourage every student to read every day. The goal is to have every student read at least 20 books or chapters over the summer. 

If students can show they have read 20 or more books over the summer, students will receive a prize. Students also will have their names put in a drawing for a new bicycle or other prizes.

In addition to reading at home, the school plans to have community reading days. The school plans to have guest readers (teachers and administrators) appear at several locations around the community to share a favorite book in a read-aloud session. 

The school also will hold a book swap at each reading event. Attendees are encouraged to take their old favorites to swap for new favorites.     

Principal Jana Palmer has challenged the school to read 1,000 books/chapters over the summer. If the students meet the challenge, each classroom will get an extra 20 minutes of recess.

The schedule of reading days is:

  • July 3  — Desert Rose Cafe, 2 p.m.
  • July 10 — Brookmeade playground, 1 p.m.
  • July 17 — Williamsport Creamery, 1 p.m.
  • July 24 — Williamsport Elementary School library, 1 p.m.
Businesses that contributed to the reading and math initiative for the 2011-12 school year were Tony’s Pizzeria in Williamsport, Monkey Joe’s in Hagerstown and Sheetz’s corporate division.

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