Northumberland Elementary School students went beyond a summer challenge to read 7,000 books, logging 11,300 books.
“The students at NES know how to accomplish goals, and this was a big one,” said NES Reading Specialist Mrs. Lydia Haynie. “I am very excited about the number of readers that participated this year.”
Students who met their summer reading goals had a pizza party. Trophies were awarded to students who read the most books from each grade. They were: Pre K-Madisyn Mahan, Kindergarten-(Tie)Courtlyn & Headley Bowis, 1st Grade- Tenley Deihl, 2nd Grade-Levi Sebra, 3rd Grade-Eric Veney, 4th Grade-Bonnie Nguyen, and 5th Grade-Rachel Rice.
Three students from the Northumberland Family YMCA Summer Camp were awarded trophies for reading the most books by camp director Allison Cockrell. They were: Carolyn Neal, and tied for second were Samuel Brann and Braylin Beauchamp.
The class with the most books read at each level also received special “Read for the Win” frisbees (for participating students) donated by the Northumberland Public Library: Pre K-Mrs. Davis’ class, 1st Grade- Mrs. Bates’ class, 2nd Grade-Mrs. Crowther’s Class, 3rd Grade-Mrs. Brann’s Class, 4th Grade-was a tie between Mrs. Jennings’ class and Mrs. Dameron’s class, 5th Grade-Mrs. Williams’ class.
More than half of the student body participated in Summer Reading, according to Jan Bates, Children’s Program Coordinator of Northumberland Public Library. She said more students participated this year and read approximately twice as many books as were read last summer.
“The success of this year’s summer reading is due in a large part to the collaboration of NES, NPL, and the Northumberland Family YMCA.,” said Bates. “And we cannot forget our business sponsors, Allison’s Ace Hardware, Lilian True Value, PB & J’s Snowballs (located at Arcadia Motors), who provided snowball treats for participants who met benchmarks in July and August.”
“Readers will want to check out a great celebration video posted on the Northumberland Family YMCA Facebook page and see all the glowing faces on this great day,” added Cristian Schrilla, YMCA Branch Executive Director.
All students from NES watched teachers participate in the Summer Reading Soaker Celebration Races. The losing team got sprayed by the firetruck from Fairfields Fire Dept.