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MMC Fourth grade class reaps reading rewards

Thursday, November 18, 2010

A slice of victory MMC fourth grade teacher Jan Brown took a break from passing out homework by turning in a session of passing out pizza, the carrot found at the end of the stick in the recent Cleghorn Library reading contest. Her class earned the top score, (and the ensuing pizza party reward), in the competition that pitted the fourth, fifth and sixth grades against each other in a month-long reading marathon. Photo by Ron Flewelling
The young readers of Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn's fourth, fifth and sixth grades are firm believers in the fact that there are few entertainments to rival diving into the story found in a good book.

Every school day finds a veritable stream of voracious young readers wending their way to the Cleghorn library in search of a literary adventure.

At the onset of October, the reading tempo around MMC was upped a notch with the addition of a contest that combined the students' reading prowess and stamina with their competitive spirt.

Reader's repast - Heather Schmidt was one of the avid readers in the fourth grade class who enjoyed the pizza and ice cream party held in the Cleghorn library for the winners of the library's Spooktacular Checkout Reading Contest. Photo by Ron Flewelling
The literary competition was tagged the Spooktacular Checkout

Throughout the month of October, the students in the fourth, fifth and sixth grade classes were invited to come into the library and check out a book at their reading level.

Throughout the month, Librarian Lois Alquist kept a running total of the pages read to determine which class had the highest checkout percentage.

To add a little motivation to the marathon read-out, it was revealed that there would be a reward for the class that topped the chart and won the contest,

Like they say, to the victors belong the spoils...only in this case, the reward was a party in the library that included lots of pizza, soda and ice cream.

When the final results were tallied it was revealed that the 26 members of the sixth grade class had checked out 87 books, giving them a 334% checkout rate...a tally which gave them third place.

Topping off - The fourth grade class were the victors in the Cleghorn Library's Spooktacular Checkout Contest. The reward for their perseverance in pursuing the written word was a pizza party, complete with plenty of soft drinks and ice cream. One of the class members, Jocee Roberts was seen topping off her bowl of ice cream with the proper amount of chocolate syrup. Photo by Ron Flewelling
Second place in the contest was nailed down by the 29 avid readers in the fifth grade class who checked out 125 books, giving them a checkout rate total of 431%.

The 22 power perusers of the fourth grade class left everyone else in the dust and read their way to the top of the chart by reading 222 books that gave them a mind boggling 1009% checkout rate.

Although there was no award for top individual reader, it should be noted that the fourth grade's Cody Dias was a veritable reading machine who tallied up an impressive 1029 pages read during the contest.

On November 10, the literary victors received their just reading rewards by enjoying the perfect school day snack in the library, namely pizza, soft drinks and ice cream with plenty of toppings.

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