Some of your students are natural readers who complete their assignments with ease and don’t need any encouragement to read independently. Others may require incentives and extra practice to master their reading skills. That’s where the Word UP Challenge can help.
Through this annual event, HMH helps schools and districts create an environment that rewards students for reading. This week we are honoring those schools whose All-Star Readers completed the most pages in literature or nonfiction books—in school, at home, or in any setting of their choice—between Sept. 12 and Dec. 7, 2017. Scores are tallied through Reading Counts!, a structured independent reading program designed to boost students’ literacy skills.
The winning schools—and the MVPs, or runners-up—celebrated following the Jan 4. announcements. The contest was open to schools that incorporate Reading Counts! into their curriculums, with winners receiving prizes including a party certificate, a visit from Curious George, a school plaque and banner, medals for individual student recognition, and HMH books for their libraries.
Here’s a compilation of the winners and MVPs in each of the Word UP Challenge’s three categories—which are based on student enrollment—and what they’re doing to honor their students.
CATEGORY A: 50–299 students enrolled in Reading Counts!
WINNER: Bob Folsom Elementary
Location: Farmington, Arkansas
Words Read: 9,646,673
Curious George was a no-show, unfortunately, during February’s monthly assembly. But that didn’t stop HMH’s Kim Hearne from taking it upon herself to dress up in the costume—high heels and all! The school awarded three medals to individual students for their achievements and was pleased to add new HMH books to its library.