At this time, I would like to announce the beginning of the Summer Reading Challenge and the recording of minutes for The St. Francis Reading Challenge giving the students the perfect opportunity to read all of the books purchased at the Book Fair last week.

At St. Francis, Students in PK-2 through 8th Grade are asked to record reading minutes manually beginning Wednesday, May 1 through Saturday, August 31, 2024. Student logs will be turned in to the library beginning Tuesday, September 3, 2024 and will be accepted through Friday, September 6, 2024 and will be used to recognize students at our school for their reading achievements.  Students are asked to read 20 minutes a day or reach a minimum of 2,400 minutes to be eligible for an award.  Students may count the home reading required by the teachers for this month in addition to any other reading they do toward the Summer Reading Challenge total.  Students reading 2,400 minutes will earn a dress down day (date to be determined.)  Students reading 10,000 minutes or more will earn a medal and a T-shirt while the top three students will receive a trophy in addition to the dress down day and medal.

Attached is a Reading Log for student use.  Please make as many copies as you need and establish a safe place for keeping the Reading Log.  Staple additional pages of the log together, making sure the student’s first and last name are printed on each page and that all numbers are written legibly.  Please do not have your student use crayon or markers to record their minutes as these smear and bleed and cause difficulty in reading the correct number recorded.  Minutes not written clearly may not give the student credit for the correct number of minutes read. Without the log, students will not receive credit for time read over the summer.  If you have questions about the program, or library questions in general, please contact me at

Wishing everyone a Magical Summer of Reading!

Kathie Teagarden, SFCCS Librarian

Reading during the summer improves reading skills, comprehension, memory skills, and self-esteem for students.