COVENTRY—Western Coventry Elementary School was recently handed a $1,000 check after their students made an effort to read over the summer. Local orthodontist William Gordon offers the prize up each year to the school in the district who reads the most books.
“We don’t want to have that summer backslide of learning. Reading helps them to keep up with what we’ve taught them over the school year,” said Karen Guilmette, a reading specialist at Western Coventry.
Continued reading helps to build the student’s vocabulary, reading strategy and provide background information, said Guilmette. Also, “it’s for enjoyment.”
At the end of the school year, teachers encourage students to read what interests them, whether fiction, nonfiction, comic books, picture books or magazines. They are encouraged to read to their younger siblings or reread their favorite book.
“Sometimes they love that, especially the younger grades,” said Guilmette.
Gordon came to the school on Friday, Oct. 21, to announce that the school won, present the check and congratulate the students on winning, according to Guilmette. After the ceremonies, he awarded the class—Ms. Millard’s first grade class—who produced the highest number with a pizza party.
Collectively, the 385 students at Western Coventry read roughly 4,000 books.
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