Galion students make reading count


The deciding factor in a child’s educational success rests heavily on his or her ability to read. Students at Galion Primary School read monthly to earn different rewards and incentives through the Reading Counts program.

Reading Counts is an incentive program designed to encourage students to practice reading on a daily basis. For every book a student reads, they earn a pre-determined point value based on the difficulty of the book.

“The more our students read, the better they can read,” Primary School Principal Cindy Voss said. “We have different incentives for the various point levels for students to earn.”

One incentive is a monthly Reading Counts Pizza Party with Mrs. Voss. Students qualify for this privilege by accumulating 100 Reading Counts points.

“This is a fun way for me to reward the students for their hard work and dedication to reading,” Voss said. “I am so proud of all the students, and their families, for making reading a priority in their homes.”

Other incentives for students include a t-shirt, bronze, silver and gold medals, trophies and $25 gift cards, which are all awarded when students reach a certain amount of points. Books range from 1-15 points and are selected based on student assessments.

Approximately 100 students enjoyed pizza with Mrs. Voss during the 2014-2015 school year. She projects there will be nearly another 100 students enjoying the incentive during this school year.

Galion Primary students are participating in the Reading Counts program. Primary students are participating in the Reading Counts program. Courtesy Photo

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