Students at Rushville Elementary School West took part in a nationwide effort to “Read the Most Coast to Coast” on Friday, Feb 28. 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). More than 30,000 educators joined in this nationwide event designed to promote valuable reading practices. The record to beat was 4,409,662 books read in one day. Nationally, schools and educators were striving to hit or surpass the five million mark.
The theme for the day was Rockin’ Reading Day. This special event was organized by Mrs. Brittany Meek (RESW Grade 6) and Ms. Brandi Hewitt (RESW Grade 4). The day was launched by Dr. John Williams (Superintendent) reading Max Said Yes - The Woodstock Story (Abigail Yasgur) to grades three through six. Mr. Matt Vance (Assistant Superintendent) read Arthur – It’s Only Rock’n’Roll (Marc Brown) to the Kindergarten and grades one and two.
At RESW, as many as 300 students took part in this shared effort to top a national reading record. The school goal was to read 1,100 books in one day. Classes kept track of their progress and awards were given at the end of the day. They surpassed their goal by reading 1,528 books in one day. The individual class winners for the most books read were: Kindergarten – Lilly Hill, Grade 1 – Trevon Terry, Grade 2 – Kirari Goto, Grade 3 – Bryce Berkemeier, Grade 4 – Caden Bradley, Grade 5 – Josh Sandoval and Grade 6 – Hannah Hadley. A special pizza lunch was provided for volunteer readers and all students who participated received a special dog tag to add to their reward necklaces.
“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. 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,” stated Mrs. Karen Brown, Principal Rushville Elementary School West.
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 understand 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.