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Students celebrate reading skills
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Smiley students Toss the Golden Skull at the Accelerated Reading Party. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle
LUDOWICI –– The Smiley Elementary School media center had a Pirate for Reading Party on Jan. 16 to promote reading through the school’s Accelerated Reading program.
The party, organized by media specialist Pam McDonald, was a reward for students in first, second and third grades, who met specific standards in reading and reading comprehension.
First graders had to have had at least five points, second graders needed 12 points and third graders 17. Students earned points by reading, taking tests on the books they read and scoring at least an 80 percent.
The books had point values of .5-3 points, meaning that a student could have read as many as 34 books to be able to attend the party.
According to McDonald, the media center has a party like this every nine weeks, and the program is designed to make reading fun, and to help improve students’ reading and comprehension skills.
Some of the activities included games called Skull and Cross Bones Tic-Tack-Toe, Pirate Charades, Pirate Relay Race, Toss the Golden Skull and, of course, everyone’s favorite, eating cake and ice cream.
The party was a great success with more than 300 students participating.
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