'It’s a really big deal to the kids'

Zoe Greszler • Apr 9, 2019 at 3:00 PM

MILAN — There’s nothing quite like hopping into a good book. And the Edison Elementary School students got to experience that first hand with the school’s Right to Read week.

The library recently hosted Right To Read Week. This year’s theme was “hop into a good book,” all about frogs. A highlight for the students included getting to see Principal David Hermes dressed as a frog. The frog principal visited each classroom to read a book with the students.

Continuing the theme was a special visit and assembly by Erie Metroparks naturalist Melissa Bauman. 

Hermes said the program, which is sponsored by CertainTeed Corp. of Avery, is a way to encourage students to read more, but to have fun in doing so. The program challenges students to read books throughout the year and then take quizzes on each individual book read. If the students earns a 70 percent or higher on the quiz, they earn points, which are accumulated throughout the year. 

Right to Read Week is the moment all of the students were waiting for — earning prizes for their earned points. Hermes said CertainTeed’s donations fund the expense for the quizzes, new books and student prizes. 

“We’ll have a calumniating end-of-the-year assembly where we’ll invite all of our sponsors and we give away prizes to the top readers in each grade,” the principal said.

Librarian Pam Grames has seen the program work.

“It’s a really big deal to the kids to get to read and win some of the prizes we get to give away,” she said. “We have everything from pencils to erasers to (toy) cars, all the way up to (giving a bike away) to our top three readers in each grade. ... Any student who earns more than 1,000 Reading Counts points gets their name on a plaque and then we also give them a medal to take home with them.”

Grames said the enthusiasm spreads beyond those currently in benefiting from the program — students in first through third grade. The librarian said even kindergartners “are wanting to do it” and join the summer reading program.

“So it’s exciting for them,” Grames said.  

“We’re also very, very fortunate here because our program has been going on for almost 22 years thanks to the CertainTeed Corp. in Avery. If it weren’t for them, we wouldn’t have the prizes that we do to give away.”

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