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Reading Program

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The reading program encourages our children to read each night and aims to make reading a fun and educational part of each day. Each year a theme is chosen around which the program focuses.

Students at each grade level participate; those who have not yet learned to read have someone read to them. Teachers and staff members are encouraged to participate as well. The children, along with their teachers, decide on a reading goal (anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes per night) and are asked to commit to participating five out of seven days, and seven out of the eight weeks of the program. Parent volunteers tally the weekly logs stutents are asked to complete.

This program encourages learning to read by providing weekly incentives, peer support, teacher involvement, and an end-of program award ceremony. Examples of weekly incentives include stickers, tattoos, a coupon for a free game of bowling, a coupon for a kids’ meal at a local restaurant, pencils, etc. The children look forward to receiving an incentive each week. At the end of the eight weeks, students who completed their reading requirements and their parents/guardians are invited to an awards ceremony where they receive gold medals in reading from their teachers.

Responsibilities

End of the summer

*Purchase folders 575+ ( one for each student, each teacher, an extra for each class in case of loss or new student, and one for each classroom tallier)

Early September

*Create a Reading Program Tallier volunteer form. Give to room parent committee to distribute on curriculum night

Fall

*Choose a theme for the program

*Work with “Arts in Ed” teachers to plan an opening assembly

*Choose dates for the program –usually 8 weeks

*Plan a date for the awards ceremony –to be held at the high school. Contact Jason Fleming to reserve the auditorium (249-6794) jfleming @penfield.edu

*Make a list of the talliers(with teacher name) and contact info –phone and email

*Develop Reading Program calendar

*Obtain brown grocery bags for each tallier

*Solicit Various businesses for incentives to give out

*Order incentives from Oriental Trading Co

*Order supplies from Demco(promo, bookmarks…)

November

*Purchase reusable wegmans bags for each tallier(this will also be their “Thank You” gift)

*Get class lists and labels from school secretary

*Create student tally sheets. Make copies

*Create instructions for students/parents page. Make copies

*Create instructions for talliers page. Make copies

Early December

*Pack tallier bags and folders(label both)

*Stuff student folders

*Create promo flyer for morning announcements, enews, and Scribbles introducing the coming of the reading program and the theme

2 or 3 weeks before program starts

*Contact talliers and set up a date and time to pick up the bag of supplies, folder and instructions