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SMS Students Head Over Heels for Reading

posted Mar 27, 2018, 11:01 AM by The School District of Oconee County, SC
In this year of the virulent influenza virus outbreak where medical officials debated whether or not the illness had officially reached epidemic or pandemic levels, a school having 20% of its student body absent on a single day would be alarming.  Recently, however, over 20% of the entire Seneca Middle School student body was away from school for most of a school day and it was a cause of celebration not alarm - in this case because of an epidemic of reading.  Over 170 sixth, seventh and eighth grade students participated in the 2017-2018 South Carolina Junior Book Award (SCJBA) contest.  By reading at least three of the twenty nominated titles for the contest, these students earned the opportunity to go on a fun-filled field trip sponsored by the media center to Gravitopia (an indoor trampoline-filled play area) in Greenville followed by a tasty lunch at Golden Corral.  Media Specialist Sydney Jones said of the record number of participating students, "Each year we strive to get our students reading and although this trip is used to motivate them, we are confident that it also sparks their interests and fosters a genuine desire to continue reading for pleasure.  They and their ELA teachers who helped encourage them are to be commended for their record-setting performance.  I hope to exceed that number next year."

Unlike the influenza outbreak, this epidemic of reading is unlikely to wane.  The students have already begun checking out and reading the newly nominated titles for the 2018-2019 SCJBA contest.  Now that they have caught the bug of reading enjoyment, it is time to get ready for another record-setting year.