The second time was a charm for Ravine Drive School in Matawan, NJ. After four years of trying and just falling short, they won the grand prize in the NJEA/Radio Disney Read Across New Jersey Contest two years in a row. Despite the challenges of lost school days due to Hurricane Sandy, the students read a whopping 97 books per student.
On May 17, they were rewarded with an appearance by Radio Disney AM 640 and the Radio Disney AM 640 Road Crew, along with special guest Mickey Mouse who flew in from the Magic Kingdom.
NJEA member Tara Barry noted that their win last year inspired students to keep up their reading. “We continued to find students on any given day reading in the hallway, on the bus, on the playground during recess, and even in the cafeteria!”
The students at Washington Community School in Plainfield came in second place reading over 81 books per student. On June 7, the students will enjoy a Radio Disney AM 640 appearance. Third-place winner Randall Carter Elementary School in Wayne boasted a respectable 55 books per child. They rocked with the Radio Disney Road Crew on April 8.
The purpose of the NJEA/Radio Disney AM 640 Read Across New Jersey Contest is to give children an added incentive to read. This school-wide contest encourages children to read as many books as they could over a three-month period from Nov. 1 to Feb. 1 Teachers and school librarians verified that the children were reading appropriate grade level books by initialing each child’s reading log. The winner was determined by the dividing the total number of books read by the school enrollment.
Look for information about the 2013-14 NJEA Radio Disney Read Across New Jersey contest in the October issue of the NJEA Reporter and on the Partnerships and Contests
page later this summer.