Haywood schools make reading a priority

Feb 20, 2014

National Reading Month is not until March but already schools across Haywood County seem to be celebrating reading with events like the Reading Olympics.

Haywood schools are setting a great example by encouraging reading all year long instead of just one month. What better way to get kids excited about reading than to hold a reading competition? For example, the Central Elementary class in each grade with the most reading minutes logged will win a gold medal.

The competition will conclude March 3, which is also Dr. Seuss’ birthday — a day deemed as Read Across America Day. We appreciate our teachers taking the time to go above and beyond to get kids reading without them feeling like it’s work. If we can get students to love reading early on, we are setting them up for success in high school and college.

Students should view reading as a way to step into someone else’s shoes and as a way to escape from a stressful day. What they may not realize now is that reading will grow their vocabularies, make them better writers, expand their imaginations and more.

Our Haywood County teachers understand the importance of reading because they know successful readers are also successful in other subjects.

To ensure students have more reading options to keep them engaged, a former teacher, Amber Tulbert, recently donated all her personal classroom books — 50 children’s novels — to North Canton Elementary School.

But helping children develop a love of reading isn’t just a job for teachers. Parents and guardians should also help out by reading to their children, introducing their children to the library and making sure they complete their reading assignments at home.

If you have a reluctant reader, try to find them books on topics they really enjoy, set up a cozy reading nook for them in the house or subscribe to an age appropriate magazine so they are excited to get it in the mail each month.

We want to thank our schools and teachers for continually coming up with new and creative ways to promote reading inside and outside the classroom.