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Principal to Principal - Presented by Scholastic Book Fairs, Your Literacy Partner
Spring 2011
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Principal Scores Big with Summer Challenge
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A No-Cost Summer Reading Program That Works
Students Attempt to Set a Summer Reading Record
School with 91% Students Receiving Free or Reduced Lunches Places 6th in Summer Reading Challenge

Belvedere Elementary School students break record!Through sheer determination, ingenuity and imaginative fundraising, Principal Diane Mahar of Belvedere Elementary School in West Palm Beach managed to keep her kids reading and her library open last summer, helping her 550 K-5 students place 6th worldwide in Scholastic's Summer Challenge, a global campaign to encourage kids to read more books during the break.

It was an impressive achievement for a Title 1 school where 91 percent of students receive free or reduced lunches and 85 percent speak another language besides English.

Mahar started the pages turning by applying for a “Partners in Print” grant from the Pew Foundation. When a much-needed check for $9,000 arrived last spring, Mahar used part of the funds to keep the campus library open for the summer, giving kids access to books during a period when reading typically declines. She was able to stretch her funds even more by inviting AARP summer volunteers to staff the campus library two days per week.

Keep reading for more summer reading tips from Mahar.

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Summer of Reading
Parent-tested tips for encouraging your child to read all summer long

Summer Reading Tips from Librarians
Simple ideas to keep young learners turning the pages this summer

Prevent the Summer Slide
More tips to prevent your child from falling behind over the break

The Importance of Summer Reading
Fast facts about the benefits of summer reading

Summer Writing
Three easy activities to help build your child’s writing skills this summer

 

 
A No-Cost Summer Reading Program That Makes
a Difference


Scholastic Summer ChallengeNow in its fifth year, the Scholastic Summer Challenge is a global literacy campaign dedicated to stopping the “Summer Slide” and encouraging kids to read more books. The program offers free, comprehensive resources for educators and parents,
including:

Ideas and tips to involve students and families in summer reading activities
Create-and-share reading lists
Summer reading recommendations and downloadable companion reading activities
A dashboard to track student reading progress
Printable reading logs
Resources for Spanish-language speakers

These materials, and more, will be available for free online at scholastic.com/summer beginning April 27, but your teachers can pre-register beginning April 4 for a chance to win a classroom library and a $250 gift certificate for the Scholastic Teacher Store.

 

Summer Reading Challenge Lets Students Shine

Read for the World Record!Here’s one more way to keep your students reading and learning all summer long.

From May 1 through August 31, 2011, schools will compete in Scholastic's Read for the World
Record and attempt to set a new record for reading this summer.

It's a fun, easy way to help students practice and build reading skills over the summer. Students simply choose books they want to read, log their reading minutes at www.scholastic.com/summer, and watch their minutes add up. Plus, you can track your students' combined reading minutes to see how they compare to other schools around the globe.

The new record will be published in the 2012 Scholastic Book of World Records, and the top 20 schools that read the most minutes will be listed
in the book.

Last year, Read for the World Record inspired more than 110,850 kids from over 5,500 schools to set a summer reading record of 52,710,368 minutes! (View the 2010 stats.) This year's challenge begins May 1.

 
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