St. Francis Central Catholic participates each summer in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. The primary purpose of the Summer Reading Challenge is to encourage students to continue to read every day over the summer. Students who read on a consistent basis over the summer are much more likely to maintain core academic skills.
St. Francis participates in two different ways:
First is our school-wide competition. The students in each grade who read the most minutes during the competition period; generally from a few days after the last day of school until the first day of school, earn awards. The class that reads the largest combined total of minutes and the class with the largest number of participating students also earn awards. The individual student who reads the most minutes wins a trophy and the title of St. Francis Super Reader.
Second is the Scholastic state-wide and national competition. St. Francis has won the award for the highest number of minutes read by participating schools in West Virginia for the past two years. This competition runs from the beginning of May until the middle of September. We hope to continue our winning streak and improve our total number of minutes each year. Last year, our students read over 25,000 minutes. We would like to double that number this year!
For both parts of the Summer Reading Challenge, students create an account on the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge website. There is a step in the process where the specific school can be entered. The same account and log-in information can be used from year to year. They then enter their total minutes read each day.
To participate in the school-wide competition, students should print their total minutes for each of the weeks of the competition challenge; or keep track of them on the log sheet that will be sent home with students along with specific instructions in early May. Submit the log sheet to the school librarian no later than the end of the second full week of school.
LET’S GO TROJAN READERS!