Homeschoolers Exceed Summer Reading Goal


Over 50 local homeschoolers from the “What If? Wednesday” (WIW) Homeschool Group, sponsored by the Northumberland Public Library, met at 2 p.m. on Wednesday September 16 at the United Methodist Church in Heathsville.

This first meeting of the year was to recognize Constitution Day and to celebrate the successes of the WIW Summer Reading Program. WIW set a goal of reading 2,000 books this summer and far exceeded that goal. A total of 34 children read books earning 3,555 points over the summer months (five points per chapter book and one point per picture book). Top Reader Award went to Rachel Haynie, age 9, of Warsaw, who earned 415 points by reading an astounding 83 chapter books  over the summer. Second place went to the Fishers (Dallas, Dakota and Ava) whose family earned a total of 879 points and third place to the Stallings Family (Maria, Leo, Peter and Gabriel) for earning 600 points.


WIW meets at least twice monthly, conducts homeschool field trips every month, provides homeschool physical education classes at the Northumberland Family YMCA, art and writing classes for homeschoolers at UMC, and much more. Approximately 60 families (with 120 children ages 2 through 16) are presently in the WIW Group. Separate activities are planned to accommodate the varying ages on most meeting dates. Interested families may contact Jan Bates, the Northumberland Public Library’s Coordinator of Children’s Progams, for more information at 804-580-5051 or email

Photo by Ashley O’Bier

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