A school wide incentives and rewards program at Hanahan Middle School has students reaching for books, and by doing so, they're reaching new heights as well. We're in Berkeley county for our Cool School of the week.
The Books Rock Café at Hanahan Middle School, located in the school's media center, has all the makings of a cool place. Principal Robin Rogers says, “Students are able to go in the Café and relax, after they earn points for reading through the ELA program. They get to go in and everybody gets a bag a popcorn and snacks, and there is a plasma TV They get to watch TV programs and shows. There is a Wii they can play. It's a huge reward system we have.”
It's part of the schools reading initiative, Accelerated Reading program called Page Surfers. Media specialist Nichole Smalls says, “Students that read then take an AR test, or read non fiction books, magazines and do a short book report on the books they read, they earn a pass to the Books Rock Café.” Sixth grade student Juan Bautista says, “If you have five points you can come here and buy your stuff, and if you have ten points, and keep going.”
Quarterly, the top reader is awarded with a trophy and 100-dollars. The school holds the Cowabunga. All students that earn their reading goal receive special treats during lunch period. Then there's the Big Kahuna at the end of the school year, a big party to celebrate all of the students. The top students from all four nine weeks have a chance to win a bicycle. All prizes and rewards are donated by the PTA and business partners. Smalls says,
“You will see them in the hallways with their books open. In front of the school with the book open. Our number one student, just through the literacy test alone, she had over one thousand points. In order for you to get over a thousand points, most books average any where from 8 to 10 points.” Smalls says it's making a difference. Sixth grade student Jessica McNeil says, “It's a good thing for us so we can motivate ourself to get good high scores.” “It's very very cool. It's a good reward for reading. Makes kids want to read more so they can do lots of cool stuff,” says sixth grade student Alicia Santarelli.
Hanahan Middle School is an Exemplary Reading Honor School. The school was recently named a Palmetto's Finest school.
Coming up Friday on News 2 Today, we'll present Hanahan Middle School with our Cool School award.
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