Washington Street Elementary launches Roadrunners Race for Reading

Program off to a great start

Roadrunners Reading Program at Washington Street Elementary: January winners are 1st grader Jordan Hollimon (center), 2nd grader Saniyah Prescott (left) 3rd grader Aliyah Muhammad (right)

Roadrunners Reading Program at Washington Street Elementary: January winners are 1st grader Jordan Hollimon (center), 2nd grader Saniyah Prescott (left) 3rd grader Aliyah Muhammad (right)

Reading is one of the most integral components in an elementary school curriculum, and Washington Street Elementary knows just that. In early January, Washington Street Elementary school kicked-off a new reading program, Roadrunners Race For Reading, to encourage more students to read both at school and at their homes. “This is an exciting time for our students because they are more excited and encouraged to read,” says Stacy Bannister, curriculum teacher for Washington Street Elementary school. Washington Street Elementary school currently is one of four elementary schools in Hartsville that is participating in the Comer Student Development Program through the P.U.L.S.E program.

Washington Elementary school noticed that students needed to improve reading skills. And, as the teachers know, the more you read, the better you read. To get students more excited about reading, they introduced Roadrunners Race for Reading. “We've started with great energy, and with full student and teacher participation,” Bannister says.

Students are able to take books home to read as part of their homework or leisure time. “Our main goal is to provide each student with a mini-library of books at their homes,” Bannister adds.

The students are provided with a universal reading log where they record how many pages they have read each day. Every month, one student from each grade level is recognized based on how many pages he/she has read that month. Student names will be posted in the cafeteria for the whole school to see and to encourage a little friendly competition in the classrooms.

In January, the top three students in each grade level were recognized.  First grader Jordan Hollimon read 699 pages, second grader Saniyah Prescott read 808 pages, and third grader Aliyah Muhammad read 1,975 pages. In total all of the students at Washington Street Elementary School read an outstanding 44,059 pages in January.

“This program does more than just instill a love for reading. Each student learns responsibility and honesty when it comes to maintaining their logThey even learn a little math because they are responsible for adding up how many pages they have read,” Bannister explains.

(Story submitted by Gabriel Fonseca)