Each January, beginning on Comfy Cozy Friday, students and teachers at Highlands School begin the School Wide Reading program in which they start keeping track of how much reading they are doing. During the course of the program, students work to reach and exceed the goal of ten hours of reading.
Our middle school students kick off the program with a Read-a-Thon in the library during which each participant tries to reach that 10 hour goal in a single afternoon, evening and night - reading non-stop from 2:00 PM until midnight. This year, 36 of our middle school students attempted it and 20 of them were there until the very end.
Reading is its own reward of course, and other than that important benefit, the only "prize" for those who "win" School Wide Reading are bragging rights. As part of the tallying process, we identify top classroom hours, top student hours and classroom participation percentage. As an entire school, there were 4,636 hours total hours of reading.
Special congratulations to Mrs. Crawford's 3rd grade class for reading 466 hours and 45 minutes - and to 8th grader, Madalyn for being top reader in the school with a personal record of 148 hours of reading! Ms. Baker would also like to applaud the classes listed below that had 100% of their students track their reading and return their reading logs at the end of the program.
More praise and accolades will be heaped on the students listed below during an upcoming all school community meeting. May their names be remembered for generations and the glory of their achievements become legend!
Highlands School, 4901 Old Leeds Road, Birmingham, AL 35213, (205) 956-9731
Highlands School's 'whole child' approach to education and commitment to academic excellence, creative expression, and leadership development prepare and motivate students in grades 4k through 8 to make a positive difference in an ever-changing world. Located in Birmingham, Alabama, Highlands School holds dual accrediation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Southern Associations of Independent Schools (SAIS).