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Mike Riehls

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Students line up to play one of several games during the reading carnival. Photo by Renee Landuyt
June 13, 2013
In May, the Richard Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization rewarded participants in the Richard READS literacy program with a reading carnival, complete with a cornucopia of games and prizes.

According to Dawn Aldighieri, PTO president and program co-chair, in sponsoring the program, which rewards students based on minutes read outside of school, it was the PTO’s hope to develop a lifelong love of reading.


Results from this year’s program may have offered some validation to Aldighieri regarding its impact. More than one million minutes were read (1,014,958) this year between September and March, with fifth graders submitting the most minutes.

Current fifth graders were among the inaugural Richard READS groups when the program started three years ago.

“I’d like to think it was attributed to them being the group that started it all,” Aldighieri said.

And though the fifth graders are heading to middle school in the fall, the program they helped start will live on.

“It’s become a standing tradition at this school now,” Aldighieri said.

— A.J. Hakim


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