POINT PLEASANT — The Point Pleasant School District has officially launched its annual summer reading program.
“Recently, the members of our summer reading committee met to discuss ways to keep students reading throughout the summer,” Heather Karagias, supervisor of English language arts and social studies K-12, told The Ocean Star in a recent interview.
“The committee is teachers from all across the district that have been with us for years and they always do a great job in promoting the program. We are joining with the Ocean County Library as we always do and this year’s theme is ‘Tails and Tales,’ just a little play on words to get kids interested in the program.”
Running until Aug. 25, the program encourages positive reading habits while also providing students with the opportunity to earn prizes when they submit their reading logs online through the district website. The prizes are courtesy of the Point Pleasant Foundation for Excellence in Education and the district’s Parent Teacher Organizations.
Ms. Karagias spoke about the resources available to support students throughout the program. Among resources in place for those students who would like to continue strengthening their reading and writing muscles throughout the summer are reading bingo boards, access to the i-Ready Reading program and more.
“As we have had in the past, we have a kickoff to get the kids excited for the different things we are doing in the different schools,” Ms. Karagias said. “For example, if the weather permits, many of the students will be going outside and enjoying time reading outdoors on June 4. We also have our library at the middle school that is set up like a beach in case it rains.
“We are doing an Instagram account, @PointBoroReads, to get students interested in posting some pictures of their reading. In addition, we have our reading role models program, where many of the teachers in the middle school and high school are letting students know what they have on deck to be reading for the summer or even a favorite book of theirs.
“We do a locker talk where the students go around and they read what other students are reading or have on deck for the summer. They get some ideas and create their own summer reading list. We also do bingo boards for grades one through five and that is to get students to maybe look at different authors and just to encourage them and motivate them to keep reading all summer long.
“We also have our i-Ready Reading program that is available for grades one through eight for students if they want to jump onto it. They continue filling out their reading logs because with those reading logs they are then entered into a raffle to be eligible for the prizes and incentives funded by our PTO’s and Point Pleasant Foundation for Excellence in Education.”
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