|UC students reading up a Storm |
|Posted: Friday, October 28, 2011 9:08 pm |
A storm is brewing at Union City Middle School and it’s sweeping students along the road to reading. Mascot Book Stormin Norman, who makes his home in the UCMS library, has become a familiar figure to students who are being encouraged to increase the amount of reading they do both inside and outside the classroom, according to Connie Hitt, the Union City Middle School instructional coach.
Mrs. Hitt says the Book Storm reading initiative is part of the Reading Action Plan that is improving comprehension and building more mature vocabularies among students at the school.
As part of the program, teachers are stressing that reading makes students better writers, increases intelligence and prepares students for the world of work. They encourage each student to make reading part of their daily routine.
UCMS principal Michael Paul Miller says students are asked to commit to reading a minimum of three books of their choice each nine weeks and there is a school-wide goal of 5,000 books read.
Special incentives such as gift cards, the opportunity to enjoy a sack lunch outdoors, an end-of-the-year cookout, St. Louis Cardinals baseball cards and stickers and other surprises are also being offered.
Students who are “caught” reading are designated “Storm Chasers” in the program that “takes off” naturally from the school system’s connection to the Golden Tornado logo.
Union City Middle School and Union City High School teachers Jo Kathryn Maddox and Hilary Webb encouraged art students at the schools to create posters promoting reasons for reading and these are displayed in eye-catching spots around UCMS.
UCMS art students also created bookmarks for each student, with each one listing an important reason to read.
UCHS alumni Tyler Sherwood and Kyle Garrett have also contributed to the program, providing special tornadoes imprinted with reading quotes and printing up Reasons to Read posters.
The reading initiative kicked off Oct. 1 and will continue through the end of the school year, according to Mrs. Hitt.
Published in The Messenger 10.28.11