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NAESP | Raise a Reader Contest

Raise a Reader Contest

Enter to win $5,000 for your school library, and help your students build a lifelong love of reading along the way!

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

Step 2: Get your students and their families to sign up for the contest starting Nov. 7 at

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!

via NAESP | National Association of Elementary School Principals.



The mission of the Greenville Arts Council is to promote the rich cultural heritage of the region and stimulate and encourage cultural activities, arts appreciation, arts education, and the creative works of artists. Some of the responsibilities that help define the Greenville Arts Council as the primary promoter of the arts in our area include offering art classes to children and adults, organizing community events, presenting an ongoing series of free exhibits featuring visual artists from the area and the state, and coordinating educational programs which teach arts-integration in local schools. The Greenville Arts Partnership between the Greenville Arts Council, the Greenville Public School District and our three community arts partners, Delta Center Stage, Delta Symphony Association and the Delta Children’s Museum, is focused on full arts integration in the GPSD elementary schools. Plentiful research documents the value of the teaching in and through the arts to help students understand core academic concepts on a deep level. The partnership was the first in the state of Mississippi accepted into the Kennedy Center Partners in Education Program in 2003, joining over 100 other partnerships between school districts and arts organizations across the country. The partnership provides professional development for teachers, arts experiences for students and resource and referral on arts integration issues. Professional development has been provided in two ways, through workshops with Teaching Artists from the Kennedy Touring Roster and grade-level and/or discipline-specific professional development with our local staff. We present a series of model demonstration lessons to teachers in grades K to 6, demonstrating connections between Partnership free arts programming and required state frameworks. The partner arts groups present a series of live performances allowing each elementary child in the GPSD to attend at least once each year. The groups work with the Arts Council staff to develop accompanying curriculum-based educational material for distribution to teachers prior to each performance. Over the years, we have succeeded in providing basic arts integration training district-wide as well as in-depth professional development to allow groups of teachers to increase their level of mastery.