The Mt. Vernon High School (MVHS) boys’ basketball team recently made a positive impact with all Mt. Vernon elementary students by giving them a reading challenge during January. A video of the basketball team encouraging the students was shown at all elementary schools to inspire children with the importance of reading.
Students’ daily reading goals were selected by their grade level and teacher. To meet the Varsity Basketball Reading Challenge, students had to double that goal. Students who met their challenge will receive: two free admissions to a February 19 MVHS Boys’ Basketball game, be recognized at half-time, and have an ice cream party with the team after the game.
In addition to the MVHS Basketball Reading Challenge, Fortville Elementary high-ability reading students (grades 3-5) were fortunate to have new chapter books on loan from the Fortville Library. Mr. Bell, Director of the Fortville Library, agreed to purchase several series of books in sets of 8-10 so the students could be inspired by relative and intriguing books.
Jessica Daugherty, Mt. Vernon Schools Elementary High-Ability Reading Teacher, recently gave Mr. Bell a token of appreciation for the library’s support. A picture of a Dr. Seuss quote was signed by all the students in her group and presented to Mr. Bell. Daugherty keeps the students engaged with the books through creative discussion, as well as artistic projects such as painting their favorite quote and picture from the book.