Shaler Area students read to reach out, help community
Shaler Area Elementary Students have out read themselves to benefit the North Hills Community Outreach.
Thirty students in fourth, fifth and sixth grade collected pledges for words read during a 24-day period to benefit the nonprofit organization through the Words that Serve program, now in its second year.
The students donated $1,287 for the 3,383,039 words read in less than a month, surpassing last year's totals.
“I really like this idea of community and connecting with the school,” said Lauren Kruszewski, fourth- and fifth-grade math support teacher and Keystone SMILES AmeriCorps member who launched the program last year.
“I think it's important to understand the community and connect it with the school. Students don't realize how easy it is to help the community.”
Students met after school several times during the 24 days to read together in the library as well as read on their own. Students read a variety of books and then took reading-comprehension tests through the Scholastic Reading Counts program to receive credit for the book and word total.
The books read also were applied to the school-wide goal for each student to read 25 books per school year.
“I really wanted (to reach) 1 million words,” said Autumn Roney, a sixth-grader, who participated in Words that Serve. “It was extra time I could read my book.”
Roney received encouragement from her friend, sixth-grader Stephanie Bodner, and the Words that Serve group.
“It feels good,” Roney said. “I made a difference in their life (clients served by North Hills Community Outreach) by doing something I enjoy.”
Roney was recognized at the end of the program for the most words read, at 527,040. Fourth-grader Austin Zillweger was recognized for the most books read, at 19, and fifth-grader William Borza was recognized for raising the most money for the outreach, totaling $169.
“I felt good because I got to help some people who can't afford food, and it was easy,” Zillweger said.
Kruszewski said she decided to offer the Words that Serve program again because of its success last year.
“A lot of students really enjoyed doing it last year, and I thought it would be fun to challenge them to read more and raise more money,” Kruszewski said, adding that the students accomplished both goals.
“What better way to promote reading and become better readers … (while) they're also helping their community.”
Bethany Hofstetter is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6364 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Increased competition forcing Hampton pet shop to close
- Friends of the Riverfront plan to bring park to Etna
- Federal funds help cover cost of simulator for Richland firefighters
- Cannon named director of Pittsburgh Boy Choir
- Program in Pine to offer advice on living with celiac disease
- Tavern Night planned at Depreciation Lands Museum in Hampton