By Barbara Dooley
Hardin-Central C-2 Librarian
Summer Reading Challenge Coordinator
The students and staff members of the Hardin-Central C-2 School District once again were given a challenge to be met over the summer of 2013.
The challenge was to have each person read a thousand pages. The reading could be books, magazines, newspapers, or Online sources.
The readers were asked to keep a reading log of what they read and how many pages they read (verified by a parent), and turn it in at the end of the summer. The elementary student and middle school- high school student who read the most pages would receive a Walmart gift card for $15. Second- and third-place winners would receive a $5 gift card.
Twenty-three students and nine staff members met the challenge. When all Reading Logs were totaled, more than 118,600 pages had been read!
Reading celebrations were held Sept. 25-26 in the Hardin-Central Library. Each participant made an ice-cream sundae and talked about his or her favorite book read during the challenge. Certificates were awarded to each reader, and they also received a free book and pencil. Coupons from various businesses that supported the program were given to the participants.
The school district owes a special thank-you to the Hardin Mini Mart, Richmond Pizza Hut, Richmond Bowl, Richmond McDonalds, Richmond Sonic, Richmond Taco Bell,and Lisa’s Sharper Cuts for their contributions to our program. The coupons were greatly appreciated by the readers.
Everyone was excited to share their reading experience, and to be able to show others that they could meet the challenge! Six of the students were in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, first and second grades. It is great to see readers enjoying books at a young age.
Four of our readers were in middle school and high school. Staff members sat and discussed books they were reading after school. It is also important to note that many of the participants had met the challenge before.
Reading is valued in our community. Don’t stop now. There are still more good books out there to read.
Editor’s note: For other photos see the printed edition of the Oct. 10 Richmond News.