Rising Readers: This exciting initiative was introduced in September 2011 to encourage students to read more and to recognize their reading achievements when they reached the reading goals set by their media specialists, teachers and principals through their reading incentive programs.
Students “earn” a new book – called book awards – throughout the year to take home and they get to personally choose their new book from a wide variety donated by K is for Kids. Kids are building their own personal libraries at home and are proud to see the treasures they are collecting and awards they are earning.
End-of-the-Year Top Rising Reader Book Awards:
The is K is for Kids’ reading program most popular with principals, educators, and parents – and especially with the young honorees!
In 2016, 1200 students in 27 Collier County public schools were honored with book awards as “top” readers or top rising readers at their school – books many got to choose themselves with the help of their teachers or media specialists.
HISTORY: Rising Readers began in a fun way for students:
K is for Kids sponsored a pep rally for students by their media specialist at Golden Terrace Elementary-Intermediate in Naples. Media specialist Tiffany “TJ” Weeks dressed up as a super hero! K is for Kids’ founder Karen Clawson was there, cheering the third, fourth and fifth graders to “Power Up with Reading”. Each student who pledged to read a book within the time set by Mrs. Weeks had the opportunity to choose a new book to take home and keep, compliments of Rising Readers.
Focus School – Golden Terrace Intermediate and then Primary too!
Golden Terrace Elementary-Intermediate continues to be the focus school for Rising Readers and the results have proven promising: TJ has reported a heightened interest in reading, larger numbers of students participating in reading incentive programs, and a dramatic increase in the number of books being checked out by students. This is significant because many of the children are from families where English is not the first language spoken in the home, plus the majority are enrolled in a lunch assistance program — books are not a luxury parents can afford to buy for their children.
By 2012-13, Rising Readers had expanded its program at Golden Terrace to encompass the needs of the Primary school too. In January 2013, to launch K is for Kids’ literacy month, the Foundation arrived at the school with a bookmobile and every student got to climb onboard and choose a new book!
K is for Kids’ end-of-the-year Top Readers Awards was expanded also – with a field trip of GTES Intermediate’s top readers to Waterside Shops’ California Pizza Kitchen, the Apple store, and Barnes & Noble: http://www.kisforkids.org/uncategorized/top-readers-enjoy-unique-field-trip-to-apple-store-more/
Students at another school – Sabal Palm Elementary – also were recognized as Top Readers in 2013 during their Literacy on the Lawn event: Florida Gulf Coast University (aka “Dunk City”) Men’s Basketball player Eric McKnight appeared on behalf of K is for Kids to congratulate winners of the “battle of the books”: http://www.kisforkids.org/news/dunk-citys-eric-mcknight-meets-with-students-at-sabal-palm-elementary/
K IS FOR KIDS also ENCOURAGES RISING READERS out in the COMMUNITY: