Teachers encouraging summer reading

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By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula on June 30, 2014. No Comments

Teachers, staff and volunteers are encouraging students from Granite Shoals to keep their minds busy with their noses in books during the dog days of summer.

For the first time in Highland Lakes Elementary school history, the library will be open every other Tuesday and students may check out four books.

“We really pumped it up to students for the last six weeks of the school year with the ‘Splash into Reading’ campaign,” said Tiffany Brantley, fourth-grade teacher at Highland Lakes Elementary, last Tuesday. “We want to encourage not just reading but constant reading.”

The students get rewards for reaching the goal of reading four books over the summer. $400 worth of prizes will be given away, but most kids are looking forward to getting to “splash their teacher” once school begins. What could be more fun for a kid than seeing their teacher splashed in a dunking booth?

“Statistically, students can lose 2 months worth of reading skills if they don’t keep reading over the summer,” Brantley said. “That’s why we want the whole community involved, because we need to do this together: parents, teachers, community members.”

For the full story, see Tuesday’s Highlander.

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