In our media center, we try to have several different reading promotions during the year to support reading for fun outside of school. Earlier this year, we did a “Read Around the World” program where students read books from each section of our media center and earned stamps in a passport. This allowed students to explore genres of books that they might not read on their own. Several students have continued reading out of these sections even after the “promotion” was finished.
This month, we are participating in the Six Flags Read to Succeed program. Students read outside of school for a total of six hours, record that time on a log sheet, have it signed by an adult, and they earn a free ticket to Six Flags for the summer. Many of our students already read this much outside of school, so why not earn a free ticket to Six Flags for something you’re already doing! For our students who aren’t in this routine yet, we hope that this might be one incentive that will start a culture of reading beyond the school walls. Reading logs were sent home in purple folders on January 5th and logs are due back to teachers no later than February 26.
Our media center will always encourage students to celebrate the love of reading. If you have ideas of things you would like to see us do to support this, feel free to email me or post a comment.