Friday, May 10, 2013

Dunwoody Elementary School

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

Dunwoody, GA May 2013– This summer, more than 960 students at Dunwoody Elementary will try to set a new world record for reading. They are participating in the Scholastic Summer Challenge, a global literacy program designed to prevent summer reading loss by encouraging kids to read for the world record.

During the summer-long challenge, DES students will compete for top reading honors with schools around the world by logging as many reading minutes as possible from May 6 through September 6, 2013. The top 20 schools – those logging the most minutes – will be listed in the 2014 edition of the Scholastic Book of World Records.

Last year, more than 4,000 schools participated in the challenge, logging a total of 95,859,491 reading minutes. Top honors went to Brooksville Elementary School in Brooksville, Florida, where students logged more than three million reading minutes during the summer break.

“The Scholastic Summer Challenge is a great way to encourage our students to read as much as possible during the summer months, while giving them a fun incentive to compete against other schools across the country,” said Lauren Long, EIP Reading Teacher, DES. “Our goal is to expose more kids to the joy of reading and, of course, we also want to try to make it into the Scholastic Book of World Records top 20.”

To learn more about the program, visit

Students in Robin Hollis’ third grade classroom
enjoying reading
 Lauren Long (EIP Reading Teacher, DES) with some
second grade DES students

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