In fact, fifth grade teacher, Danna Brandt, said she has never seen such interest in the Accelerated Reading Program in all her career.
“Children can learn to read, but it is more important that they learn to love to read,” said said Stephen Maldonado, elementary principal.
Every six weeks, the teachers accumulate the AR points, and those who have accumulated enough points over four levels get to select a prize of their choice.
The kindergarten students do not accumulate points, but record is kept on the number of booklets they read.
Kindergarten student Alejandro Ruiz read an amazing 420 books - his mother, Leticia, is an avid reader.
First grade student Sierra Galindo earned 45.5 points. Second grader Madalyne Perez accumulated 134.9 AR points, while fifth grader Desirea Huerta tallied an unheard of 636.3 points.
Lauren Lutz led the third grade with 157.5 reader points; fourth grader Katelin Ruddock totaled 241.2 merit points; sixth grader Sergio Ruiz, Alejandro’s big brother, earned 262.9 reader points.