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