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CCMES students embark on 1999 reading incentive program

by Joyce Hollister

By reading at home, C.C. Meneley Elementary students are earning prizes – but that’s not all. Students who read a lot read better than those who don’t.

Practice makes perfect.

This is the theory behind reading incentive programs, according to C.C. Meneley Elementary School reading specialist Laura Parsons.

“We want to make reading a daily habit,” Parsons explained.

Last week, students at CCMES began their reading incentive program, which has been offered in various forms at Douglas elementary schools for many years now.

Theme for 1999 is “Reach for the World: Read,” and each student has a “reading passport,” where he or she will record reading times at home. Parents or guardians help students keep track of their reading.

Students in grades kindergarten through 1st grade read or are read to for 10 minutes each day, grades 2 and 3, 20 minutes, and grades 4 through 6, 30 minutes.

Students will read for 14 days during each of three months, depending on whether they are on- or off-track.

Students will record what they have read by coloring in drawings of the continents inside their passports.

The first month is North America, the second month is Africa and the third month is Asia. Each continent is divided into 14 sections, one for each of the required 14 reading sessions.

At the end of 14 days, the students will return their passports with a signature from their parents, signifying that the students have done the reading. Passports will be stamped and prizes given out.

“While we do reward children for reading during this time, our long-term goal is to make our students life-long readers,” said Parsons. “This program is designed to make every child a winner and a reader.”

She said students may earn extra prizes for extra reading in a reading raffle. Each week, six tickets will be drawn from the reading raffle box outside the library door, and the winning students will earn books and pencils.

Raffle tickets are earned through parent-certified extra reading, and off-track students may participate even when they are not in school.

Among the prizes students will earn for completing their 14 days’ worth of reading are passes to the Carson Valley Swim Center in Minden. Money for other prizes is raised during the school’s book fairs.

The next book fair will be held Feb. 2-14 during school days and at the Feb. 6 CCMES spaghetti dinner.

During the book fair, parents are welcome anytime to buy books all day, 9 a.m. to noon, and anytime by special arrangement, Parsons said.

Students in grades 3 to 6 who complete their passports will earn the right to attend Friday Night Prime Time, a special time at school where students participate in arts, crafts, games, physical education and computer activities.

All students in grades K through 2 are invited to attend their grade level event. Friday Night Prime Times are scheduled for March and April.

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