Story by Sonja Bailes, Public Relations Liaison for Bossier Schools
Readers, start your engines!
For twice a week over the past month, as many as 30 Meadowview Elementary students chose to spend part of their summer attending a reading program to rev up their literacy skills.
They logged a lot of minutes, which were converted into ‘miles.’ The pay-off if they traveled 1,000 miles? Getting to meet a local race car driver and checking out his hot wheels.
“They’ve checked out tons of books,” said school librarian Becky Halbrook, who came up with the program called Miles and Miles on MyOn. The program was free to children, thanks to efforts collecting Box Tops for Education by Meadowview as well as Airline and Cope Beta Clubs.
Students in first through fourth grades spent four hours a week at school in the computer lab on MyOn, which is a digital book platform. They were also able to take Accelerated Reading tests to monitor their progress and go on field trips to the Bossier Parish Library, where they checked out books to take home.
“Studies have shown that continuing (reading) over the summer has a positive effect on reading skills and test scores,” Halbrook said. “Part of the goal was getting parents in the library, too, because they had to have a library card to participate.”
“You don’t want regression over the summer and have to start over from scratch,” added Principal Dr. Shelly Barrett.
As promised, on the last day of the reading program local racer Brett Frazier parked his hot rod in front of Meadowview for the kids to see. Not only did Frazier crank it up and let the children get an up-close look at it, he also gave them all free tickets to attend the races Thursday night at Arklatex Speedway in Vivian. They will surely be pulling for #1 to cross the finish line first!
The real winners, though, will be the kids who are developing a love for literacy.