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Goodyear students read nearly 1 million pages in Reading Challenge

Post Date:06/02/2014

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June 2, 2014     

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Goodyear students read nearly 1 million pages in Reading Challenge


Another chapter has been completed and the books now are closed on the city of Goodyear’s 2nd Annual Reading Challenge.

Overall, 2,785 students from 109 classes in 10 schools (kindergarten throughout eighth grade) competed in this year’s Reading Challenge which concluded at the end of April. The number of pages read in the citywide initiative, tallied  - 926,131.

The Reading Challenge was the second initiative hosted by the city since joining the Read On Arizona program in early 2013 in an effort to improve literacy in its schools, and increased the number of pages read to more than one million - 1,686,945. Last year, 2,665 students throughout 10 Goodyear schools read 760,814 pages in the inaugural Reading Challenge.

The genesis of the Reading Challenge came out of City Council member Joanne Osborne’s “Building Blocks to Great Schools” program partnership that was formed in 2008 to bring city officials and school administrators together to develop policies and practices that enhance the quality of education for Goodyear students.

“It is a rewarding experience to collaborate with our schools to help augment our students’ learning experience,” Osborne said. “We were glad to see that not only was the Second Annual Reading Challenge a success, the students who participated increased the number of pages they read, and that’s a great accomplishment. "

Top placers in each grade: Kindergarten: Mrs. Kelly Castaneda’s class at Odyssey Prep, 14,178 pages; First grade: Mrs. Nicole Meade’s class at Westar Elementary, 17,458 pages; Second grade: Mrs. Danielle Spallina’s class at Westar; Third grade: Ms. Brittney Carpenter’s class at Westar, 22,749 pages; Fourth grade: Mrs. Connie Crowley’s class at Westar, 32,900 pages; Fifth grade: Mrs. Malinda Benson’s class at Westar, 31,561 pages; Sixth grade: Mrs. Thompson’s class at Desert Star Elementary, 26,847 pages; Seventh grade: Mrs. Annette Clemens’ class at Westar, 13,258; Eighth grade: Mrs. Elizabeth Davis’ A-2 class at Western Sky Middle School, 22,050 pages.     




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