This information was previously sent home with your child, and I am also sending an electronic copy in the event that you need to print additional copies of the reading log or if your student misplaced the printed copy (yes, it happens!).  Please take a minute to read over the information for both the Scholastic Summer Reading Program and the recording of minutes for The St. Francis Reading Challenge.

Scholastic will be conducting the 2021 Summer Reading Challenge like they did last year. Specifically, they will not be keeping track of/or reporting minutes logged by schools across the world.  Instead, students are simply being asked to log into the Scholastic website – a student’s destination for characters, games, stories, and fellow fans.  For every two days that a student logs in consecutively, Scholastic will donate a book for the underprivileged! Scholastic’s goal is to have 100,000 books donated to underprivileged children. Following the St. Francis Central Catholic School Motto of “Here to Serve, Not to be Served,” students can do their part to help just by using the site!

For the St. Francis Summer Reading Challenge, we request that all students in PK-2 through 8th Grade continue to record reading minutes manually beginning Monday, May 10 through Friday, September 32021, which is when the Scholastic program begins and ends.  Individual student logs will be turned in to the library at the end of the program and will be used to recognize students at our school for their reading achievements.  Students read over 575,000 minutes last year, and I am confident that we will meet/exceed last year’s total.  Students are being challenged to each read 17 minutes a day for a total of 2,000 minutes. Students who meet the challenge goal will receive a dress down day (date to be determined once the challenge is completed).  Additionally, any student reading 10,000 minutes or more will be awarded a medal, and the top three students overall will be presented with a trophy.  For students who are not yet able to read independently, parents/grandparents/siblings, etc., reading to them are asked to record the minutes read.  Please be sure to print your student’s first name and last name on each sheet of the reading log and enter the number of minutes read legibly.  Numbers that are difficult to decipher can lead to students not receiving the correct credit for the number of minutes read.

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.  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