The Cornerstone School has been focused on reading improvement to ensure that students have access to all academic areas and to develop lifelong learning opportunities. The students participate in highly structured and individualized reading instruction every day. The work has resulted in increased reading skills and enjoyment in reading for pleasure.
The Cornerstone Faculty recently learned about the READbowl and thought it would be a great opportunity to reinforce the hard work our students have been putting into improving reading skills; and the students agreed!
READBowl is the nationwide reading competition for Pre-K-8 classrooms designed to inspire students to read and provide teachers with a platform to motivate students to increase reading minutes in school. Founded by former NFL player Malcolm Mitchell, the Read with Malcolm Program sponsors the program and schedules it to coincide with the Super Bowl. Beginning the day of the College Football National Championship (January 7, 2019), READBowl culminated with the crowning of the National Reading Champions on Super Bowl Sunday (February 3, 2019).
Not knowing how big or widespread the event would be, Cornerstone provided “in school” incentives such as ice cream sundaes for reading leaders through our PBIS system to recognize the efforts of the students. Much to our surprise, and delight, the little incentives weren’t necessary. Throughout the competition period, Cornerstone students read – in school – for 15,280 minutes (during a month that included several snow days/school delays and fell right in the middle of cold & flu season)! That’s almost 255 hours in 18 days by 20 kindergarten – 8th grade students! We were very impressed by and proud of the effort and enthusiasm our students dedicated to the READbowl. Imagine our excitement when it was announced on February 3rd that Cornerstone was named the Vermont State READbowl Champion!!
The friendly competition included 90,000 students from all 50 states to set a reading record of 17.8 million minutes total. The students and staff are so excited by this accomplishment and we can’t wait until next year to beat our record!