Gravette builds cul­ture of read­ing through R.I.S.E. Ar­kan­sas Ini­tia­tive

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GRAVETTE — The Gravette School Dis­trict is ex­cited to im­ple­ment R.I.S.E. (Read­ing Ini­tia­tive for Stu­dent Ex­cel­lence) Ar­kan­sas this school year. Read­ing is a top pri­or­ity for the dis­trict and, through this ini­tia­tive, the dis­trict will part­ner with stu­dents, par­ents and com­mu­nity mem­bers to build a cul­ture of read­ing in Gravette.

Every­one is in­vited to the Gravette Project R.I.S.E. kick­off on Fri­day, Oct. 6, at 10 a.m. Since the Up­per Ele­men­tary Li­brary Me­dia Cen­ter will be open­ing its doors to stu­dents, par­ents and the com­mu­nity, it will be host­ing the event.

Gravette High School has a ded­i­cated staff that re­al­izes stu­dents learn to read in their early years so they can read to learn through­out life. The staff is ex­cited to par­tic­i­pate in the R.I.S.E. ini­tia­tive and a com­pre­hen­sive read­ing pro­gram for all Gravette stu­dents.

A strong foun­da­tion in read­ing greatly en­hances a stu­dent’s success in col­lege, ca­reer and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment. To sup­port ed­u­ca­tors and stu­dents and to im­prove the state’s read­ing achieve­ment lev­els, Gov. Asa Hutchin­son and the Ar­kan­sas De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion launched R.I.S.E. Ar­kan­sas statewide in Jan­uary 2017. The ini­tia­tive has three main goals:

■ In­crease the num­ber of stu­dents in grades three through eight who meet the ACT Aspire read­ing readi­ness bench­mark by ten per­cent within the next three years;

■ R.I.S.E. above the bot­tom third in state com­par­isons within five years on the fourth-grade NAEP read­ing as­sess­ment; and

■ In­crease the num­ber of grad­u­ates meet­ing the ACT read­ing readi­ness bench­mark by 10 per­cent within five years.

Gravette High School will have a build­ing and com­mu­nity book give­away, will con­duct class­room book talks and will re­ceive new books from the North­west Ar­kan­sas Pro­gres­sive Book Drive. The im­por­tance of stu­dent choice is also be­ing em­pha­sized and, cur­rently, ev­ery stu­dent in the high school re­ceives a spec­i­fied class time to read a book of his or her choice. Stu­dents are en­cour­aged to set per­sonal weekly read­ing goals and are be­ing re­warded for their progress.

Pos­i­tive feed­back is al­ready be­ing re­ceived from stu­dents, and school staff hopes this ini­tia­tive con­tin­ues to en­gen­der stu­dents’ love for read­ing.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the ini­tia­tive, con­tact the Gravette School Dis­trict or visit the R.I.S.E. Ar­kan­sas web­page at http://www. arkansased.gov/di­vi­sions/ learn­ing-ser­vices/r.i.s.e.ar­kan­sas.

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