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.