Reading pays off at SHS
by Emanuel County Live | May 30, 2012 3:17 pm
Two Swainsboro High School students are going home for the summer with some big prizes. Sophomore Kaitlin Coleman has a Kindle Fire in her purse and Junior Samantha Bradford has to figure out a way to get a 32” flat panel TV back to her house.
These big ticket prizes were the finale of the 2011-2012 reading initiative at SHS spearheaded by Media Specialist, Mac Barron. All year, students have been reading for recognition, rewards, and shear pleasure. Each time a student finished a book, they would turn in a documentation form to the Media Center. At the end of each month students who read two or more books got their names on the Star Readers list displayed on the school’s trophy case. They also got an invitation to that month’s reading rewards event. Events included screenings of popular movies in the auditorium, breakfast, and fried chicken lunches, all free. Each time a student read three or more books in a month, their name was entered to win a major prize. This semester, that prize was a Kindle Fire, a full color ereader/tablet valued at $200.
Because the idea of three books in a month can be daunting even to eager readers, students got a chance of winning a grand prize at the end of the year for each book read. This way, even a student who only read one book got their name in the pot for the 32” TV donated by Swainsboro Wal-Mart.
For those that may doubt the effectiveness of offering such rewards to students, they need only look at circulation statistics. Last year, the SHS Media Center checked out 2,740 books. This school year, it has almost tripled that number, checking out 7,854 books. Hopefully all that reading will continue to pay out dividends to students in the forms of better vocabulary, higher test scores, and richer lives.