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Hurricanes Support Reading
As the Carolina Hurricanes concluded another season on the ice, they also wrapped up another initiative in classrooms around the state. Through the “Pick Up a Book and Read” program, 180 third, fourth, and fifth grade classrooms throughout the state logged over 4,404,000 minutes. At Marvin, Mr. Hazel’s class was responsible for 37,756 of those minutes!
The “Pick Up a Book and Read” program motivates children to feel excited about reading. The goal of the program is to not only challenge student’s reading abilities, but help them achieve personal goals. By providing incentives, the program hopes to propel children to a higher reading level while encouraging them to take responsibility for their reading.
After receiving a “Pick Up a Book and Read” classroom poster, bookmark for each student, and a Hurricanes stapler for the class to use, it was time to get reading! From January 6th to February 15th, students in Mr. Hazel’s class used a reading score card to track their nightly reading minutes. To keep the children motivated, the Hurricanes sent incentives such as water bottles, stickers, tattoos, and notebooks. At the end of the six weeks, the results were turned in.
Recently, all students were rewarded for their hard work. Each child received a personalized certificate of accomplishment, with the amount of minutes read posted on the certificate. For students who read over 1,500 minutes, they were rewarded with a Canes drawstring bag. The top reader in the class, Lulu Abodabba, received four tickets to a Carolina Hurricanes game.
The hometown hockey team may not have won the Stanley Cup this year…but, through this program, they were certainly champions of the classroom. In fact, they may have even created some new Caniacs!
Written by: Damien Hazel, Third Grade Teacher
Posted: May 05, 2014 by Marni Menkin