Rushville Republican

February 7, 2014

St. Mary's Catholic School students to take part in national reading challenge


Rushville Republican

---- — RUSHVILLE — Students at St. Mary’s Catholic School are preparing for a nationwide effort to “Read the Most Coast to Coast” on Friday, Feb. 28. They are among hundreds of thousands of students who will join in this third annual reading challenge.

“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 set a new one-day record of 4,409,622 quizzes.

At St. Mary’s Catholic School, all of the students, grades preschool to sixth grade, will take part in this shared effort to top a national reading record.

“‘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,” Stephanie Hasecuster, school principal, said. “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. We’re so proud of our students.”

Renaissance Learning’s Accelerated Reader is a 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.

— Rushville Republican