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home : news : lakelands August 28, 2014

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12/16/2012 5:37:00 AM
District 52 drops everything and reads
Students throughout Ninety Six Primary School took 20 minutes out of their day Friday to Drop Everything and Read.
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Students throughout Ninety Six Primary School took 20 minutes out of their day Friday to Drop Everything and Read.
Students throughout Ninety Six High School and Edgewood Middle School took 20 minutes out of their day Friday to Drop Everything and Read.
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Students throughout Ninety Six High School and Edgewood Middle School took 20 minutes out of their day Friday to Drop Everything and Read.
Ninety Six Primary Top Readers for November

Ayden Harrison (560 minutes) – B. Hope

Reid Tolley (910 minutes) – Adams

Ayden Rounds (585 minutes) – Fennell

Kinsley Hughes (515 minutes) – S. Hope

Lily Beauford (450 minutes) – R. Cobb

Lily Harmon (860 minutes) – Sargent

Connie Stiles (760 minutes) – Pridmore

Katie Tolley (915 minutes) – Layne

Alayna Alexander (900 minutes) – Vines

Natalie Cowan (545 minutes) – Parkman

Alan Michael Shay (988 minutes) – Chaney

Martavis Mason (535 minutes) – Corley

Landon King (910 minutes) – Cone

Ethan Gardner (1,080 minutes) – Latham

Gabe McCary and Kaylee Hughes (480 minutes) – Jenkins

Ella McDaniel (805 minutes) – L. Cobb



Brian King
Staff Writer


NINETY SIX, SC – Greenwood School District 52 held the first of two district-wide reading events known as Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) on Friday afternoon.

Students in every classroom in the district stopped what they were doing at 1:45 and read a book or magazine for 20 minutes on Friday afternoon. Teachers, faculty and staff joined in the dedicated reading time as well.

“We need to do some things to initiate literacy,” said Jackie Rapp, media specialist at Ninety Six High School and District 52 coordinator for DEAR. “So many children like to read. We need to give our children a chance to read at school.”

Ninety Six Primary School principal Cathy Anderson, whose students read more than 30,000 minutes in November as part of their at-home reading program, echoed that sentiment.

“Literacy is very important to our new Common Core Standards,” Anderson said. “You can find students and teachers reading at any given time of the day.”

The Common Core Standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers, and place a premium on the ability to read.

Rapp said that the high school holds a DEAR event once a month and that there are two district-wide events each year, one in the fall and one in the spring. Anderson said they have reading events at the primary school on a regular basis as well.

Blair Patterson, media specialist at Ninety Six Primary School, holds a party each month for the student who reads the most minutes from each class. November’s top readers will get to play with iPads and have snacks when they have their party this coming Monday. The list of November’s top readers can be seen in the sidebar to the right.



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