PHES students read at recess |

PHES students read at recess

by Joyce Hollister

Volunteers read to students during the Pinon Hills Elementary School “Reading into the Millennium” reading incentive program now under way.

The idea, says Cissy Garic of the PHES Parent-Teachers Organization, is to foster a love for reading.

The volunteers read to students during a morning or afternoon recess and read a book from a list of books provided, according to Cissy Garic of the Parent-Teacher Organization. The PTO is sponsoring the program and providing incentive prizes.

“This program highlights the enjoyment and importance of reading and encourages the students to read every day,” Garic said. Reading is done at home or during free time at school. Parents and teachers also may read to the kids, Garic said.

Students are to complete five stations set up on a time line and are rewarded at each. In keeping with the theme, the stations are Cave Men, The Roman Empire, The Middle Ages, The Age of Reason and The New Millennium.

Prizes include pencils, erasers, bookmarks, McDonald’s certificates, Nik-N-Willies pizzas, movie passes and passes to the Carson Valley Swim Center and the Children’s Museum in Carson City. The certificates are good at McDonald’s in Carson City and Minden and at several different movie theaters in the area.

The students receive a certificate of completion and a book from the PTO when they finish all five.

Students in kindergarten through 2nd grade read for 10 minutes at a time, 3rd to 6th, 20 minutes, and parents and teachers read to the students for 30 minutes.

The students fill in a form showing they read or were read to 12 times for each station.

The program was kicked off with an assembly Jan. 14, and the last day to turn in reading forms is Feb. 25.

Anyone who is interested in the volunteering to read at recesses should contact De Imelli at 267-2782, or leave a message for her at school at 267-3622.