Putting Education Reform To The Test

Nearly 29,000 Students Participated In Florida Summer Reading Program


First Lady Ann Scott reads to students at Wellington Elementary School.

We told you last June about the Summer Literacy Adventure.

It was a reading challenge to keep kids interested in books during the summer break.

First Lady Ann Scott visited students at summer camps and parks around the state encouraging them to read as many books as possible.

Kids went online and pledged to read a certain number of books. The school with the most pledges would receive passes to any Florida state park.

A lot of students were paying attention — the Department of Education says nearly 29,000 students pledged to read a total of 102,733 books.

And the winner is…

Wellington Elementary School in Palm Beach County.

Wellington students pledged to read 6,248 books over the summer. The First Lady visited them Wednesday to offer her congratulations.

“Literacy and reading are the foundation for all learning,” Scott said, “and these students are well on their way to success.”

Students and staff at Wellington won a pass to any state park in Florida from the Department of Environmental Protection.

Children were also encouraged to use a free online tool called “Find A Book, Florida.” It enables them to search for books that fit their reading ability and interests.

More resources are available through the Department of Education’s “Just Read, Florida” program.


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