Raise a Reader Contest
Principals know that while reading is fundamental, two barriers prevent students from engaging in reading to their highest potential: Many students don’t practice at home and not every school has a well-resourced library that can support student’s reading interests.
To overcome these issues, NAESP has teamed up with Parents magazine for its Raise a Reader program, which encourages students to spend more time reading at home. Check out the Parents website for materials to pass on to parents, including reading calendars and book suggestions.
For the Raise a Reader Contest, Parents will award $5,000 to the school with the most minutes read per child.
Ready to start those reading engines? Entering is easy!
Step 1: Register your school starting Oct. 1 at www.parents.com/raise-a-reader.
Step 2: Get your students and their families to sign up for the contest starting Nov. 7 at www.parents.com/reading.
Step 3: Encourage students to read and to log their minutes online daily. The online tool, which is free and easy to use, allows parents to keep track of their children’s reading minutes, note which books they are reading, and print a summary of reading activity.
Students link their individual reading accounts to their school’s master account. The school with the most minutes read per student during the contest’s duration (Nov. 7, 2011, through Jan. 30, 2012) will win a $5,000 stipend for its library.
Make sure that you get your entire school involved so that every student in your building has the opportunity to join in the fun—and improve their learning in the process. Consult with your lead reading teacher about getting staff members on board and ways to communicate the contest to parents.
Schools must register for the contest before individual students can sign up and link to his or her school’s account. Make sure to register by Oct. 1 so your students won’t miss out on this literary adventure!