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Cardwell students read 1 million words in 12-week challenge

(Source: Southland C-9 School District) (Source: Southland C-9 School District)

Students at Southland C-9 Elementary School in Cardwell are being praised for reaching their goal of reading 1 million words in just 12 weeks.

According Principal Mr. Reddick, a group of 19 sixth graders completed the challenge using Reading Plus. It's an online reading intervention program that charts how many words a student reads, at what speed, and with what degree of accuracy.

“These students were very determined and we’re thrilled that they were able to reach their goal of not only reading the 1 million words, but of doing so with 80% accuracy.” Reddick said. “Literacy is a huge priority for us and seeing these inspired students embrace reading in this way shows that when given the right support and encouragement we can get kids reading!”

Students read everything from sports articles to biographies. They were able to select what type of content they enjoyed.

“I love reading anything about science and social studies,” said sixth grader Noah Morton.

The group was awarded with a pizza party.

“The students are already planning their next big reading goal," teacher Mrs. Darnell said," and I have no doubt they’ll reach it!”

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