Foster students aim for reading record

More than 278 students at Foster Elementary School are trying to set a new record for reading this summer during the “Read for the World Record” challenge as part of the “Scholastic Summer Challenge,” a global campaign designed to keep children reading during the summer.

During the summer-long challenge, Foster students will compete for top reading honors with schools across the country by logging as many reading minutes as possible from May 1 and Aug. 31.

The top 20 schools, those logging the most minutes, will be featured in the 2011 edition of the Scholastic Book of World Records. Other participating schools also will be headlined along with their minutes.

Last year, more than 8,000 schools participated in the challenge, logging 35,846,094 minutes. Top honors went to Sunset Palms Elementary in Boynton Beach, Fla., where students logged more than 683,057 minutes.

“The summer reading challenge is a great way to encourage our students to read as much as possible during the summer months while giving them a fun incentive to compete against other schools across the country,” said Kay Clark, Foster media specialist. “Our goal is to expose kids to the joy of reading and, of course, we also want to try to make it into the World Record Book’s top 20.”

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The challenge is a four-month global literacy campaign created to motivate all children to read four or more books to help them avoid the “summer slide,” a common loss of skills due to being out of school.

The Sweet Home Public Library is offering free library cards from June through August. Information about the free card was sent home to each family.