Reading is not just fundamental – it can be just plain fun – and rewarding, too.
Just ask students in Starr Elementary School’s Accelerated Reader program, which is designed to encourage all elements of literacy by engaging students in reading.
When a student finishes reading an Accelerated Reading book, he or she is tested using a computerized quiz. Students who pass at least five reader quizzes or earn at least five Accelerated Reader points earn a quarterly incentive sponsored by the Accelerated Reader Committee, comprised of teacher representatives throughout the building.
“Students are able to choose from more than 500 book titles,” according to Amy Molnar, Starr principal. “Our Starr Elementary PTA and the Mr. Earl Fundraising Program help to provide the funding for new book titles yearly.”
The incentive for this past quarter was a visit from some local celebrities – Toledo Mud Hens’ mascots Muddy and Muddonna.
“Students were excited as they were invited to the gymnasium and found Muddy and Muddonna,” Molnar said.
The students were also greeted by Oregon City Schools Superintendent John Hall, who enthusiastically shared the book, “Casey at the Bat” as Muddy and Muddonna acted out the book.
“Each quarter of our Accelerated Reader program, we have been fortunate to increase the enthusiasm and involvement and the third quarter was no exception,” Molnar said.
“This past quarter we had 248 participants that met the established goal and qualified for the quarterly incentive."