The Reading Rocks! Program has raised a cumulative $160,000 since its inception
In its fifth year, READING ROCKS! is planning for its most successful year yet, encouraging children in grades preK-5 to read while raising money for Wilton schools. Last year the program netted a record $45,000 for the Wilton Education Foundation (WEF), which in turn benefits the Wilton public schools. “Reading Rocks!” is an initiative to encourage children to have fun while reading in a non-competitive manner, while raising money for WEF in the process.
There was a strong show of support with over 1,200 students participating – another record-breaker. “We love the Reading Rocks! program because it encourages our kids to read while supporting civic responsibility,” said Ryan and Kerri Mims, parents of a Miller Driscoll School student.
Dr. Kevin Smith, Superintendent of Wilton Public Schools, said, “Reading Rocks! generates enthusiasm and motivates young children to read and provides critical support to our school community by fostering a deep love of reading. We are grateful to WEF for organizing the event and supporting our school children in such a critical way.”
Incentives were offered at each school by grade (in Miller-Driscoll) and house (in Cider Mill) based on the percentage of involvement. In a random drawing among participants based on the number of pledges gleaned, one iPad Mini was given away across grades preK-5 and one Kindle Fire was awarded per grade at Miller-Driscoll and one per house at Cider Mill.
The students also had fun celebrating “Dress Like a Rock Star Day” to generate excitement about bringing in donations.
Julie Steckel and Rebecca LePage, co-chairs of Reading Rocks!, said, “It is gratifying that this program just continues to grow each year. Not only are more students finding more confidence through increased reading, they are also earning about how their involvement enables their schools to purchase more technology that they themselves will use.”
The Wilton Education Foundation thanks the Stroup family for sponsoring this program. Chris Stroup said, “It is our privilege to sponsor “Reading Rocks!” as we passionately believe that reading, writing and speaking well are crucial life skills. It is also valuable to instill the importance to giving back to the community at a young age.” WEF would also like to thank Reading Rocks!” volunteers:
Julie Steckel, Co-Chair
Rebecca LePage, Co-Chair
Ema Whittaker Photography (link: http://www.emawhittakerphotography.com)