FDES students read ‘From Coast to Coast’

Published 11:02 am Thursday, May 17, 2012

Kindergarten through 4th grade students participated in the event, READ THE MOST FROM COAST TO COAST with Principal Darryl Arms, Instructional Assistant Lesia Robinson, and Library Media Specialist Melanie Sharpless.

Special to The Signal

Students at Fort Deposit Elementary took part in “Read the Most from Coast to Coast” recently on Dr. Seuss’s birthday. This was a culmination of Read Across America Week activities.

Students helped set a new national record for the number of Accelerated Reader Quizzes taken in one day.
The one-day record students were challenged to top was 2,177,586.

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Students from coast to coast joined in the challenge and succeeded in setting a new record.

“The new record for the number of Accelerated Reader Quizzes taken in one day is 3,581,992,” said Melanie Sharpless, library media specialist. “Students were excited to be a part of this shared challenge. They enjoyed seeing their quizzes counted among the national results on the live quiz counter.”

The nation’s most widely-used reading management software program for K12 schools, Accelerated Reader helps teachers motivate students to read, measure progress, and improve reading levels. Students read a book at the appropriate level and then take a quiz that assesses comprehension of the book just read.

Accelerated Reader scores the quiz, monitors results, generates reports, and provides a platform to manage individual reading practice.

“Read the Most From Coast to Coast enabled students to take part in a shared reading adventure,” said Melanie Sharpless, library media specialist. “Students were thrilled when the one-day AR Quiz record was shattered.”

As a way to recognize students for their efforts in setting this national record, all students at Fort Deposit Elementary who took part are receiving a certificate of participation.