El­e­men­tary schools rec­og­nized for sum­mer read­ing

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JES­SICA IANNETTA

jian­netta@ ce­cil­whig. com

— Though sum­mer may feel like a life­time ago for many stu­dents, two county schools are still reap­ing the re­wards of sum­mer read­ing.

This week, the Ce­cil County Pub­lic Li­brary pre­sented the APGFCU Sum­mer Read­ing Cup Chal­lenge tro­phy to Ken­more El­e­men­tary School for hav­ing the high­est level of sum­mer read­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion rel­a­tive to its school pop­u­la­tion. Calvert El­e­men­tary was

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also hon­ored last week for be­ing this year’s most im­proved school.

Ken­more won a tro­phy, $ 500 for its me­dia cen­ter and ice cream for its teach­ers and stu­dents, while Calvert also re­ceived a tro­phy and $ 350 for its me­dia cen­ter.

“We would like to thank our part­ner Aberdeen Prov­ing Ground Fed­eral Credit Union (APGFCU) for their spon­sor­ship of sum­mer read­ing and learn­ing each year,” Rachel Wright, CCPL youth ser­vices man­ager in a state­ment. “All of our sum­mer read­ing spon­sors, in­clud­ing our Friends group, should be proud of the im­pact their sup­port has had on sum­mer read­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion this sum­mer.”

Ken­more has built up a sum­mer read­ing dy­nasty of sorts, win­ning the top prize for the last five years, some­thing the school is very proud of, said Josh Man­gold, Ken­more’s prin­ci­pal.

The school’s suc­cess in the an­nual read­ing chal- lenge is just a byprod­uct of what takes place at Ken­more on a daily ba­sis, Man­gold said. School staff mem­bers are con­stantly look­ing for ways to pull in new read­ers and fre­quently have con­ver­sa­tions with stu­dents about what they’re read­ing in hopes of de­vel­op­ing a group of pas­sion­ate read­ers, he added.

“There is a cul­ture in our build­ing built around read­ing,” Man­gold said. “( The stu­dents) are hooked on read­ing, they re­ally are.”

When she came to the school three years ago, Calvert Prin­ci­pal Elsie Har­ri­gan was wor­ried that get­ting Calvert’s sum­mer read­ing num­bers up would be dif­fi­cult be­cause there’s no li­brary close to the school.

So Har­ri­gan was very pleased to see Calvert win most im­proved this year, cred­it­ing a CCPL staff mem­ber who has a stu­dent at the school as well as Calvert’s me­dia teacher, Con­stance Seib­ert, for get­ting more kids in­volved.

Har­ri­gan thinks the re­sults will be even bet­ter next year now that Ce­cil County Pub­lic Schools has im­ple­mented a new read­ing cur­ricu­lum that em­pha­sizes “au­then­tic lit­er­a­ture” over the an­tholo­gies the schools used pre­vi­ously.

“I would ex­pect that our par­tic­i­pa­tion will go up even more,” she said.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF CCPL

Ken­more El­e­men­tary School me­dia teacher An­drew My­chalus stands with stu­dents af­ter the school won the 2016 APGFCU Sum­mer Read­ing Cup Chal­lenge.

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