#1 School in the 2016 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

#1 School in the 2016 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

Anthem South has reason to celebrate this back to school season because its students read more than 176,000 minutes this summer, earning them the title of “Best in State” for Arizona in the 2016 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. The school will be featured in Best & Buzzworthy 2017: World Records, Trending Topics, and Viral Moments and will receive a special celebration in a box and personalized plaque to commemorate the students’ summer reading achievements. This summer, children from across all 50 states and 25 countries read 204,594,918 million minutes in the 2016 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge.

The complete list of “Best in State” schools is available at www.scholastic.com/summer.

Now in its tenth year, the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free global reading program aimed at keeping kids reading all summer long. This year’s theme, “Be A Reading Superhero,” encouraged kids to be the best independent readers they can be and achieve the “summer leap” — a gain in reading skills that helps students prepare to tackle the upcoming school year. Schools and families enrolled children for free and throughout the 18 weeks of summer kids logged their summer reading minutes to unlock stories from some of their favorite authors including Dav Pilkey, R.L. Stine and Angela Cervantes.

We are excited for our kids here at the Anthem South – ALA! Mrs. Morgan Lewis, Title I Reading Specialist and Building Coach, does a wonderful job every day creating a “buzz and energy” for reading on our campus. Lewis stated, “I am so proud of our kiddos! Our kids and families have a genuine love for reading and it shows in our efforts every day. This contest was a wonderful partnership between teachers, parents, and our students.” We are carrying the love of reading on as we launch our new school year. Many students have come back to school this year sharing events from the books they read during this summer’s reading program.

“This summer, educators and families worked together to help all children take the summer leap into great books to avoid the effects of the summer slide,” said, Michael Haggen, Chief Academic Officer, Scholastic Education, “The 2016 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge was a great success as children around the world read more than 200 million minutes and most importantly, experienced the joy of reading. We congratulate all the students who discovered their inner ‘reading superhero’ this summer, and we are excited to see that passion continue throughout the school year.”

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge Stats:

  • The 2016 top five states with most minutes read are: Texas (43,054,527 reading minutes), Florida (18,414,561 reading minutes), Louisiana (11,130,883 reading minutes), Pennsylvania (10,850,122 reading minutes) and Georgia (10,147,966 reading minutes).
  • 3 U.S. Governors, 39 Gubernatorial Spouses and 1 Lieutenant Governor made the commitment to getting kids reading this summer by signing on as “Reading Ambassadors” for the 2016 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge to help support literacy in their states and encourage children and families to read throughout the summer months. Scholastic donated 500 books to the school of each Reading Ambassador’s choice (for a total of 21,500 books), and many of the Ambassadors hosted reading events in their respective states.
  • 29 schools read more than one million minutes and 379 schools each read at least 100,000 minutes.

For more information about Scholastic (NASDAQ: SCHL) and the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, please visit mediaroom.scholastic.com/SummerReadingChallenge.