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Students compete in program

Monday, May 11, 2009

Van Buren third-grader Kennedy Johnston learned reading is not only fun but also rewarding. School librarian Debbi Stout announced Monday that Johnston had read all 40 books and passed all of the quizzes. Johnston is not only the top reader in her class but also the top reader of all three schools that participated. To reward the students for their hard work, Stout changed her hair color and is now wearing a green crinoline. [Order this photo]
Be on the look out for school librarian, Debbi Stout. She is currently sporting a mohawk haircut that is colored blue, green and yellow and she is dressed in a green crinoline and black leggings in support of the Young Hoosier Reading Program (YHRP).

She is the librarian for Van Buren Elementary, Forest Park Elementary and Jackson Township Elementary.

"Each year, books are chosen by parents, teachers, librarians and students and after the nomination, librarians vote on the 40 titles for the primary and intermediate students," Stout said. "Each fall when the students come back, I make sure all 40 books are in each of the three libraries as well as the quizzes for each of the titles."

Kennedy Johnston [Order this photo]
To qualify for the YHRP pizza party and the free book at the end of the school year, students must read and score at least a 70 percent on the quizzes which is made up of 10 questions by reading the required amount of books for the year.

"The kids work all year to be able to come to the party and to change my hair color," she said.

The reading and quiz questions help students prepare for the comprehension portion of the ISTEP+ (Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress Plus exam).

"If the students are constantly being exposed to those types of questions and learning what to look for in the reading, then the program is working," Stout said.

One student excelled above the required number of books and read all 40 books and took the quizzes.

Kennedy Johnston, 9, third-grader at Van Buren Elementary (VBE) is the top reader of all three of the participating schools. Kennedy is the daughter of Jeff and Kristin Johnston, Carbon.

"My favorite book is Freedom Walkers by Russell Freedman," she said. "It's really cool that I could read all the books and I think I'm going to try again next year."

Stout was very appreciative to all the teachers, but was most astonished by the majority of Derik Tipton's third-grade class participating in the YHR. At Forest Park Elementary Jean Harris's fourth-grade class had total participation and at Jackson Township Elementary Marilyn Adamson's second-grade class and Larissa Goshen's third-grade class had 100 percent participation.

"I am very proud of all the students, they have done a great job," Stout said. "I couldn't do it without the teacher's and the principals for allowing the hair color."

The YHRP pizza party at Jackson Township Elementary will be May 14 and the Forest Park Elementary party will be May 20.

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