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Gaining reading skills with a famous reindeer

Friday, December 19, 2008

Students at Eastside Elementary listen as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer reads them a story. Kimberly Gleason Photo. [Order this photo]
Students at Eastside Elementary met Santa's most famous reindeer Friday.

Teachers Terri Potter and Nona Lancaster, as well as teacher's assistant, June Lawson put together a reading program which requires the work of the students along with parents.

"Students are required to read a certain number of books that are based on their individual reading level," Potter said. "This month students were required to read 15 books."

Because of the number of books that were required by the students, participation from parents at home was key.

"The parents had to sign a sheet of paper saying that they saw or heard their child reading," Lancaster said.

December's reading program is called, Reading for Rudolph.

"Students were rewarded for their hard work," Potter said with a smile, "Plus, they met Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."

In anticipation for the visit, students made Rudolph placemats while listening to Christmas music and decorating candy canes into reindeer.

"We really appreciate the very special person who took the time out of their day to wear the costume," Potter said with a smile. "The students really appreciated it."

Both Lancaster and Potter are excited about the New Year and the program.

"The program has been very successful," Lancaster said. "The individual reading level of the students in both classes has gone up."

"We both plan to continue to use the program for the rest of the school year," Potter added. "Thanks to the cooperation and effort that the parents have put into the program, we have had amazing results."

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Thank you to these teachers for going the extra mile! It is wonderful to see something positive about the school cooperation!

-- Posted by knightmom on Sun, Dec 21, 2008, at 8:08 AM

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