Northumberland Elementary School Students Celebrate Summer Reading Success

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Northumberland Elementary School (NES) students celebrated summer reading in a big, big way. On Friday September 18, approximately 170 NES students reported to the school cafeteria for a Summer Reading Pizza/Ice Cream party. The invitation was extended to students meeting their summer reading goal: read 20 picture books or a combination of picture books (1 point each) and/or chapter books (5 points each).

Two students from each grade level who read the most books this past summer were presented Super Summer Reading Certificates and a “Bright Future” necklace from the Northumberland Public Library. Those students, and the number of books they read, are:

Fifth Grade – Camdin Sisk (106) and Trey Vanlandingham (70)

Fourth Grade – Caroline Neal (115) and Nora Bowles (86)

Third Grade – Shawnna Williams (110) and Willee Bowles (59)

Second Grade – Bonnie Nguyen (183) and Reagan Brent (57)

First Grade – Abigail Bates (120) and Chase Dodson (63)

Kindergarten – James Scripture (77) and Lily Lewis (72)

Pre-K – Courtlyn and Headley Bowis (473)

NES students read over 5,500 books this summer, which is about twice as much as students read in previous summers. Setting an NES Summer Reading Goal apparently inspired many families to get involved, which led to the largest number of books read and the largest number of kids meeting their summer reading goals ever.

NES provided the pizza, and the Northumberland Public Library provided the ice cream. In addition, the PFO hired Buzzy the Clown to perform magic tricks for the group. It was a great celebration for a great effort on behalf of the students at NES. The hope is that next summer even more students will participate – and the number of books NES students read will skyrocket!

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(left) The Pizza/Ice Cream Party. Photo by Meghan Bowis

(right) Buzzy the Clown performed magic tricks for the group. Photo by Meghan Bowis

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