| Tara Berry was one of many Ravine Drive School staff members who worked hard to help their students win this year's NJEA/Radio Disney Read Across New Jersey Contest.
Persistence paid off for the students at Ravine Drive School in Matawan. After four years of trying and just falling short, they won first place and the grand prize in the NJEA/Radio Disney Read Across New Jersey Contest. The students read 57,084 books, which worked out to a whopping 147 books per student.
On May 18, they were rewarded with a Radio Disney AM 640 Road Crew Appearance with special guest Mickey Mouse who flew in from the Magic Kingdom.
NJEA members Tara Barry, Amanda Andriola, and Debbie Morillo worked closely with homeroom teachers to assist students in maintaining monthly reading logs. The teachers were thrilled to witness students reading in the hallways before class, during lunch and recess, at after-school programs, and in line waiting for their buses.
The students at Washington Community School in Plainfield came in second place reading over 32,000 books which came to nearly 58 books per student. On May 11, the students enjoyed a Radio Disney AM 640 Road Crew Appearance and concert by Shaleigh of Disney’s Next Big Thing. NJEA member Lisa Biondi coordinated her school’s involvement and even sported Shaleigh earrings which she made especially for the event.
The purpose of the NJEA/Radio Disney AM 640 Read Across New Jersey Contest is to give children an added incentive to read. This schoolwide contest encourages children to read as many books as they could over a three-month period from Nov. 1 to Feb.1. Teachers and school librarians verified that the children were reading appropriate grade-level books by initialing each child’s reading log. The winner was determined by the dividing the total number of books read by the school enrollment.
The third- through fifth-place winners enjoyed school visits from the Radio Disney AM 640 Road Crew.
Look for information about the 2012-13 NJEA Radio Disney Read Across New Jersey contest in the October issue of the NJEA Reporter
and on njea.org
later this summer.