Bethel hits a home run with reading incentive

By Bethel Elementary School | Jun 26, 2014
Photo by: Donated HAPPY READERS — From left are Jackson Thompson, Eliya Henson, Lily Warren, David Brooks and Matthew Clark, the top readers of each first-grade class.

Bethel’s big focus this year was improving the volume of books read by the students. Principal Jill Barker challenged each grade level to create new and exciting ways to get excited about reading more books.

With the help of the Asheville Tourists, first graders created the “Hit a Home Run for Reading” incentive. Each student was required to read 120 books over eight weeks. During that time a baseball with their name on it started on home plate and was moved to a new base for every 30 books read. After a successful trip around the bases — a home run — students were eligible for a VIP baseball party and Asheville Tourist tickets.

Seventy first graders achieved the goal of 120 books. David Brooks was the overall winner of the challenge by reading a total of 370 books. He was awarded a Barnes and Noble gift certificate.

The top readers from each classroom were recognized and awarded a medallion, a certificate and a free book of their choice.

The details of the VIP baseball party were kept a secret until the day of the celebration. Much to the first graders’ surprise, Pisgah High School baseball and softball players came to the school to spend an activity-filled afternoon with them.

The students enjoyed an afternoon filled with reading time, line dancing, slushies and a pick-up game of baseball. Coaches Harold Shepard and Cyrena Goodwin were happy to have their players participate in such a wonderful project. The Pisgah players enjoyed the afternoon as much as the Bethel students.

This proves that working together ensures a home run.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Linda Sexton | Jun 29, 2014 17:25

Reading develops minds and increases vocabulary. So happy to see Bethel students becoming good readers. Thanks goes to the teachers and parents for encouraging these students.

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