Posted by Geri Hayden

Rochelle Rotary 17-18 Community Grant

"There's Snow Better Time to Read"

 

Rochelle Township High School (RTHS):

The 2018 Rotary Reading Challenge, "There's SNOW Better Time to read, involved 42 teams made up of students with at least one RTHS or Focus House staff member.   Altogether, 217 students and 51 staff members read along with 25 Rotarians surpassing our goal of 250,000 pages read with 328,524 pages read.   read more to see all the great details!

Rochelle Middle School (RMS): 

6th, 7th, and 8th graders RMS Challenge coincided with the RTHS challenge and game them a community feelin.  A huge benefit of this challenge is not only the money received but also the increased emphasis put on reading.  read more to see all the great details!

Rochelle Township High School (RTHS):
The 2018 Rotary Reading Challenge, "There's SNOW Better Time to Read," involved 42 teams made up of students with at least one RTHS or Focus House staff member.  The student captains of those teams practiced leadership and communication skills as they relayed information between the RRC committee and their teams, collected team page counts, and distributed prizes.  Altogether, 217 students and 51 staff members read during the challenge.  25 Rotarians also read with us every week to meet our goal of 250,000 pages read.  We surpassed our goal with 328,524 pages.  Rochelle Rotary Club donated $1,000 and added an additional $1,500 through a district-level grant for new books for the LMC.  Included in that $2,500 was $100 in prizes for the top readers.  The first book orders have already arrived, including 2018 ALA Youth Media award winners, nominated titles from the 2019 Lincoln Award list, and suggestions from our prize winners.  Still on order are suggestions for new manga and graphic novels and additional requests to fill in our collection. 
 
Rochelle Middle School (RMS):
The following students benefited from the  "There's Snow Better Time to Read" Book Challenge:  6th Graders - 191 7th Graders - 166 8th Graders - 176 for a total of 533.  The staff also was a part of this program  with 20 teachers and aides reporting books that they had read.  Benefits include not only getting to enjoy the new books, but also the challenge of reading books in a timely manner and helping out their school.  The RMS Challenge coincided with RTHS challenge and this also gave them a community feeling.  A huge benefit of this challenge is not only the money received but also the increased emphasis put on reading.  The students were challenged to read 1,000 books and our totals were: 6th Grad - 960 7th Grad - 416 and 8th Grad - 276.  Teachers read 50 books for a total of 1,702!