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South Anna Elementary students complete ‘Winter Reading Challenge’

Posted on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 10:14 am

South Anna Elementary is pleased to announce that we had 63 students participate in our Third Annual Winter Reading Challenge.

The challenge, which was issued to the entire South Anna community on Dec. 14, encouraged children to complete fun activities such as drinking hot chocolate, listening to classical music, bundling up in all of their winter outerwear and accessories, drawing pictures, wearing their pajamas backwards, and calling family members while engaging in independent, self-selected reading over winter break.

The kindergarten through first-grade version of the challenge consisted of 12 different activities to complete before, during, or after reading with a family member. The second- through fifth-grade version of the challenge required students to complete 20 different reading-related tasks. Parents initialed each activity to show that their child completed the task, and students returned their completed challenge forms to Mrs. Billingsley, SAES Reading Specialist, on Jan. 4.

Twelve kindergarten students, 20 first-grade students, eight second-grade students, nine third-grade students, five fourth-grade students and nine fifth-grade students completed the challenge. All students who participated received a free homework pass and had their name entered into the grand prize drawing.

Grand prize winners included Savannah Cooley as the K-first-grade winner, Wesley Baucom as the second-third grade winner, and Madison Mahone as the fourth – fifth grade winner. They received $10 gift certificates to Barnes and Noble Booksellers, courtesy of Mrs. Billingsley. South Anna is proud to continue to provide activities that encourage self-selected, independent reading to create 21st century learners that value literacy as a life skill, not just a required educational activity.