1,000 Book Club: Young readers recognized for milestones

Three elementary students on a stage in the gymnasium

From the left are Charlotte Farrington, Alexandra Gennett and Madison Samek. They were all recognized for reaching milestones in their reading.

Second grader Charlotte Farrington and first graders Alexandra Gennett and Madison Samek were all recognized for reaching milestones in their reading during an assembly at The Learning Community on Monday. Gennett joined the 1,000 Book Club, Samek was recognized for reading 500 books and Farrington was recognized for reading 250 books.

“It takes a lot of practice and a lot of time,” TLC Principal Brad Strait said. “It pays to practice.”

The students took advantage of TLC’s lending library, which makes backpacks filled with books available to students to read outside of the regular school day. Gennett read all 1,000 books that are available. Strait encourages students and their parents to sign the books out at any time. They are available in TLC’s lobby.

The lending library supports the school’s Pick A Reading Partner initiative. Students are challenged each month to read at least six books with their reading partners.

The entire school receives incentives for hitting their reading goals every month, but individual students are honored when they go above and beyond and reach the aforementioned milestones. The number of books they read are tallied and accumulate across grade levels.