NES Takes First Place

Recently, we were notified that our school was #1 in New Jersey in the Scholastic Read for the World Record Challenge and #19 out of 1664 schools worldwide that competed in this event. Congratulations to our student readers and a big thank you to everyone involved, especially our coordinators Kimee Moore, Library Media Specialist, and Sue Downs, Reading Specialist.

This is the second year that NES has taken part in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, a program sponsored by Scholastic Publishing to counteract the “summer slide” (the decline in a student’s reading level over the summer due to lack of reading.) In the Challenge, schools around the world compete to see which one can read the most minutes. Students log the minutes they read onto a website which then keeps a school, class, and student total for the length of the challenge.  The program begins in May and ends the first of September.

For this summer’s competition, we plan to tie “math” to reading and aim higher than ever – our goal is 1,000,000 minutes and we will be collecting pennies for each minute read.  The students will get to see what a million looks like and at the end of the competition the money will be donated to the Allentown Library. Ttere will be prizes for the top readers and if we make the top 20, five of our teachers have volunteered to be “dunked” in a dunk tank – and who will dunk the volunteers, the top readers of course!