Urbandale Community School District issued the following announcement on March 22.
Webster Elementary set a school-wide (preschool through fifth grade) goal at the beginning of the school year to read one million minutes. Each month, students tracked their minutes for any time spent reading outside of class. Minutes were totaled by classroom, grade level, and finally school-wide. All students meeting their individual reading goal for the month received a ticket to place in that month’s grade-level drawing to win a book of their choice. The classroom reading the most minutes for their grade level won the highly coveted “Golden Book”—a traveling trophy that their classroom could display for their winning month. The school-wide minutes were tracked on a large display in the hallway so that students could see their progress along the way.
A fantastic surprise was announced during the February J-Hawk 7-Habits Assembly: Webster students had already achieved their goal of reading one million minutes with several months of school still to go! The students celebrated with a fun video of congratulations followed by a short dance party in the gym. Later that week, Webster celebrated with a “Crazy Day” where students dressed crazy, wore crazy hats or hairdos, or expressed themselves in other crazy ways. The students were given a “Crazy D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything And Read) Time.” In addition, students enjoyed time reading their favorite books in crazy ways—on their heads, under their desks, with a blanket or stuffed friend, back to back, etc. Students also received a special bookmark marking their accomplishment along with a Dr. Seuss pencil and crazy mustache pencil topper.
Congratulations to Webster students for exceeding their school-wide reading goal of one million minutes! This past fall, setting the target goal of one million minutes may have felt like a very far-reaching or formidable goal that would take a long time to meet. However, with each passing day, week, and month students continued reading one sentence, one paragraph, one chapter, and one book at a time on their pursuit of achieving their school-wide goal. Webster students, families, teachers, and staff provide us all a great example of the importance of taking small steps on a continual basis in order to achieve larger goals. Thank you, Webster Elementary, for inspiring us all to set big goals and work every day toward reaching them. Bravo!
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