1 million minutes of reading

By: By Charles Warner - [email protected]
Charles Warner | The Union Times Students at Foster Park Elementary School line up for a turn on the inflatable slide that was part of “Celebration Day” at the school. The school was celebrating the students and their parents reading more than a million minutes at home over the course of the school year.
Charles Warner | The Union Times Some students at Foster Park Elementary School swing while others play on the other playground equipment at the school during “Celebration Day.” The event, which was held May 24, was a celebration of the students and their parents reading more than a million minutes at home during the past school year.
Charles Warner | The Union Times Students enjoy the slides and other playground equipment at Foster Park Elementary School during the school’s “Celebration Day” on May 24. Celebration Day was a day-long celebration of the students and their parents reading more than a million minutes at home over the 2017-2018 school year.
Charles Warner | The Union Times The cafeteria at Foster Park Elementary School served as a dance floor during the May 24 “Celebration Day.” The day-long event celebrated the school’s students and their parents reading more than a million minutes at home over the past year.

UNION — The students of Foster Park Elementary School and their parents were challenged at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year to read a million minutes at home over the course of the year and that’s just what they did.

Thursday, May 24 was “Celebration Day” at Foster Park Elementary School, a day-long celebration of the school’s students reading, together with their parents, more than a million minutes over the course of the school year.

“We challenged our students and their parents to read a million minutes at home,” FPES Principal Ott Sizemore said Wednesday. “We started as soon as we got back to school in August. We sent a letter home to parents asking them to support us.”

Sizemore said that students and their parents were free to choose the materials the students read at home or, in the case of the younger students, their parents read to them. He said the students’ teachers kept a running log of the minutes read.

As an incentive, Sizemore said that any child who read 30 minutes a day and 900 minutes a month won membership in the “30-30 Club” and received a certificate recognizing their achievement. He said approximately 70 students won membership in the 30-30 Club.

The challenge, which was issued at the beginning of the school year, came to an end on Tuesday, May 15 when the students and their parents not only met but exceeded the goal.

“We ended up with 1,000,115 minutes,” Sizemore said.

As a result, the students and their parents won “Celebration Day,” a day of music, dance, sports, and other kinds of fun including snow cones.

“We had a slide and every child and parent had a free snow cone, we served 600 snow cones that day,” Sizemore said. “Every class got to go to a dance and play a kickball game. There was a 40-minute recess. The celebration went on all day.”

Sizemore said the One Million Minutes of Reading challenge was part of the school’s emphasis on literacy.

“We’re proud of what our students and parents have accomplished because reading is the key to learning and we’ve really pushed literacy this year,” Sizemore said.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Students at Foster Park Elementary School line up for a turn on the inflatable slide that was part of “Celebration Day” at the school. The school was celebrating the students and their parents reading more than a million minutes at home over the course of the school year.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_IMG_3619.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Students at Foster Park Elementary School line up for a turn on the inflatable slide that was part of “Celebration Day” at the school. The school was celebrating the students and their parents reading more than a million minutes at home over the course of the school year.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Some students at Foster Park Elementary School swing while others play on the other playground equipment at the school during “Celebration Day.” The event, which was held May 24, was a celebration of the students and their parents reading more than a million minutes at home during the past school year.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_IMG_3620.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Some students at Foster Park Elementary School swing while others play on the other playground equipment at the school during “Celebration Day.” The event, which was held May 24, was a celebration of the students and their parents reading more than a million minutes at home during the past school year.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Students enjoy the slides and other playground equipment at Foster Park Elementary School during the school’s “Celebration Day” on May 24. Celebration Day was a day-long celebration of the students and their parents reading more than a million minutes at home over the 2017-2018 school year.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_IMG_3622.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Students enjoy the slides and other playground equipment at Foster Park Elementary School during the school’s “Celebration Day” on May 24. Celebration Day was a day-long celebration of the students and their parents reading more than a million minutes at home over the 2017-2018 school year.

Charles Warner | The Union Times The cafeteria at Foster Park Elementary School served as a dance floor during the May 24 “Celebration Day.” The day-long event celebrated the school’s students and their parents reading more than a million minutes at home over the past year.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_IMG_3628.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times The cafeteria at Foster Park Elementary School served as a dance floor during the May 24 “Celebration Day.” The day-long event celebrated the school’s students and their parents reading more than a million minutes at home over the past year.

Charles Warner | The Union Times At the beginning of the school year, Foster Park Elementary School challenged its students and their parents to read 1 million minutes at home over the course of the year. On May 15, the students and their parents surpassed that goal having read 1,000,115 minutes. The school celebrated this achievement by holding a “Celebration Day” on May 24 for the students and their parents.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_IMG_3630.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times At the beginning of the school year, Foster Park Elementary School challenged its students and their parents to read 1 million minutes at home over the course of the year. On May 15, the students and their parents surpassed that goal having read 1,000,115 minutes. The school celebrated this achievement by holding a “Celebration Day” on May 24 for the students and their parents.
FPES students achieve year-long reading goal

By Charles Warner

[email protected]

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.