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The Story of Us – New Pieter B. reading initiative excites young readers

boy reading a bookWriting their own story on student reading, Pieter B. Coeymans students have stepped up to a challenge presented by English Language Arts Curriculum Content Specialist Kelly Doggette.  The initiative, called “The Story of Us,” has two goals; first, to get students reading; second, to make a stronger home-to-school connection.

“We know that students who read at home are more likely to have success in school,” Doggette said.

two students reading books, sitting on the floorAt school, teachers and staff encourage students to read books and complete a summary for each book they read, to be hung on the wall.

“We are aiming to increase student motivation and excitement about reading and responding to their reading by displaying their work throughout the building,” Doggette said.

teacher reading to class

There is also a monthly contest that rewards the classroom in each grade that reads the most books and completes the book summaries.

November winners include Mrs. King’s kindergarten class, Mrs. Travis’ first grade class, Mr. Koblenzer’s second grade class, Mrs. White’s third grade class, Ms. Cipperly’s fourth grade class, and Mrs. Manning’s fifth grade class.

“We hope that by instituting this initiative we will see the results not only in increased reading scores throughout the year but increased motivation and excitement about reading,” Doggette said.