Summit Lakes Middle School recently wrapped up its annual three-week celebration of literacy. The month of October began with Teen Read Week and ended with a book fair held during student-led conferences.
During Teen Read Week the student body is challenged to collectively read 150,000 minutes. This year 724 students turned in reading logs totaling 155,729 minutes of reading.
“Teen Read Week runs on a very tight schedule,” said Christie Brown, SLMS library media specialist. “Reading logs are turned in on Tuesday morning, and that very afternoon we hold the first assembly. There is no wiggle room for students to turn in reading logs even a day late. To get 75 percent of students turning in reading logs on time just because they want to is pretty exciting.”
The theme for Teen Read Week was “Seek the Unknown @ Your Library.” Daily activities encouraged students to seek the unknown about the biography section, graphic novels, the SLMS library Facebook page and audio books. To celebrate, this year’s reading assembly featured a sumo wrestling match. Students who read a minimum of 175 minutes and turned in a reading log signed by a parent were eligible to be entered into a drawing to wrestle a teacher of their choice. The competition involved a mock wrestling match with participants wearing heavily padded sumo wrestling costumes.
To wrap up the three-week celebration of literacy, the library hosted a book fair which remained open through student-led conferences - parent-teacher conferences in which the student leads the parent through the conference.
“Since all parents and all students are in the school during these two days, this is an opportune time to promote literacy which is one of the SLMS goals,” Mrs. Brown added, “and the Scholastic book fair has become a fun way to do that. Parents and students alike seem excited about the opportunity to visit the library and check out the latest titles on the market.”