Reading is learning

Vardaman Elementary School first graders took part in Read Across America Friday. Students read books, took tests, created a poster and decorated hats in preparation for a parade around town to celebrate the nationwide reading event. (Floyd Ingram / Buy at photos.chickasawjournal.com)

Vardaman Elementary School first graders took part in Read Across America Friday. Students read books, took tests, created a poster and decorated hats in preparation for a parade around town to celebrate the nationwide reading event. (Floyd Ingram / Buy at photos.chickasawjournal.com)

VARDAMAN – Getting kids to read, getting parents to read to kids and getting anybody to read to a kid was the focus of a special reading program at Vardaman Elementary School last month.

Students at Vardaman Elementary School took part in the nationwide effort Read the Most, Coast to Coast Friday and held a parade to mark reading more than 1,300 books this year.

“Reading is one of the first steps in learning and a skill kids will need throughout life,” said Wyndi Davis, a first grade teacher at Vardaman Elementary. “Students who are read to by parents, teachers, grandparents do better in school and in life.”

Read the Most Coast to Coast encourages students to read and take part in a one-day effort to beat the record for the number of Accelerated Reader Quizzes taken nationally in one day.

“Last year students set a new one-day record of 4,409,622 quizzes,” said Davis. “This year the goal was 5 million.”

All of Vardaman Elementary School’s approximately 400 students took pare in this shared effort to top a national reading record. All students who participated received a Certificate of National Participation.

“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 Vardaman Elementary Principal Dedee Lee. “Students are engaging in valuable reading practices, all the while taking part in an event that joins students across the country in a collaborative effort focused on reading. We are so proud of our students.”

And to formally celebrate the event, elementary school students lined up at 1:30 sharp – outfitted with hats, streamers and posters they designed themselves – and marched around Vardaman.

Davis said Vardaman students have participated in this event before and look forward to the challenge.

“These students are tested on the books they read,” Davis explained. “Students read books at the appropriate level and then take a quiz to show they understand what they have read.”

Renaissance Learning’s Accelerated Reader is a K12 program that serves as a platform for teachers to manage independent reading skills.

Accelerated Reader is the most widely used independent reading practice program in U.S. schools. Students read books at personalized reading levels to facilitate growth and then take web-based quizzes to measure their comprehension.

Accelerated Reader provides immediate feedback for both students and educators, enabling educators to easily monitor reading progress and growth. Accelerated Reader provides access to more than 160,000 quizzes, nearly half of which are non-fiction books.

Several award-winning children’s book authors donated signed books as prizes for the event. The prizes were awarded to educators in random drawings held throughout the day.

Read the Most, Coast to Coast kicks off Read Across America Week March 2-8, which celebrates reading.

 

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