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June 25, 2008 > Ardenwood students read over 3 million pages

Ardenwood students read over 3 million pages

Submitted By Michelle Motoyoshi
Photos By Shanthi Pai

Think kids don't like to read? Don't tell that to the students at Ardenwood Elementary School. As part of their Dragon Readers program, they read over 3,600,000 (that's right - 3.6 million) pages this school year, the most ever read since the program began six years ago. That's almost 5,000 pages read per student on average. How many adults read that much?

At the beginning of each school year, Principal Paula Rugg challenges the students to read a certain number of pages over the course of the school year. This year she set the bar at three million pages. Students could only report recreational reading; reading assigned for class or homework was not counted.

Students received weekly reading logs in which they recorded the number of pages or the number of minutes they read (minutes were converted to pages by multiplying by two). Students returned the logs to the library, where parent volunteers, headed by Shanthi Pai, collected the logs and calculated the pages.

At the end of May when Mrs. Pai and her volunteers tallied the pages, they quickly discovered the students had read more than anyone expected. In fact, they had read about half of a million more pages than the student body read the year before, and three times as many pages as students read during the first year of the program.

Of all Ardenwood students, who read the most? Mrs. Brown's class earned first place among the kindergarteners. Among the primary grades (1-3), Mr. Faria's second grade class took the top spot, while among the upper grades (4-6), it Mrs. Schlobohm's sixth graders who read their way to number one.

To reward the students' efforts, the faculty gives the students a field day, an entire school day dedicated to fun and play. The children always look forward to the event, but as Kimiko, an Ardenwood second grader said, "I would've read a lot anyway."

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