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Kiwanis Club Helps 'Bring Up Grades' at Longfellow Elementary
The Kiwanis Club of Greater Sheboygan and Longfellow Elementary School first grade teachers have teamed up to launch a new at-home reading program called “Bring Up the Grades” (BUGS) program. The program enables children to improve their reading skills by allowing them to get greater amounts of at-home reading practice. At the beginning of the school year, the Kiwanis Club purchased special bags and books to support the program. The bags are used to carry reading logs and books to and from school each day. The books are given as rewards to the students who have met their monthly goals.
At the beginning of each month, teachers and students set individual reading goals. Most goals are 100 or more minutes every month. At a monthly awards assembly, Kiwanis Club members congratulate the students who have met their monthly reading goals, give them a certificate, and allow them to choose a new book to take home.
Longfellow reading specialist Lori Roelse, and first grade teachers Julie Dentz, Julie Hauck, Diana Korkko, Sara Rautmann, and Duane Steen are all very enthusiastic about the program. Diana Korkko said, “We are very pleased that all students are participating in the program, and roughly 80% are meeting their goal each month.” Duane Steen added, “There is a high correlation between at home reading and progress at school.”
The Kiwanis Club plays a major role in the success of the program. A number of volunteers from the Kiwanis Club make weekly visits to Longfellow to help students get the reading minutes they need to achieve their goals. Sara Rautmann said, “As much as we appreciate the books and the bags, it was wonderful to have the dedicated volunteers actually come to our school. The students love reading with the volunteers.”
Lori Roelse noticed that as the months passed, children became very discerning and thoughtful about their book choices. “They now notice familiar authors and have figured out what kind of books they like.”
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
May 22, 2012