Hendersonville Elementary reads their way to the big game | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | December 2, 2016 5:00 pm
Last Updated: November 30, 2016 at 2:10 pm
HES receives $2,000
for promoting reading from S.C.
Education Oversight Committee.
By CINDY CROSBY
Hendersonville Elementary School was one of two schools in South Carolina to earn a $2,000 library grant in the “Read Your Way to the Big Game!” contest. Sponsored by the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee (EOC), in partnership with the University of South Carolina and Clemson University, the goal was to get students and parents excited about reading.
Hendersonville qualified for the grant based on its school-wide participation in the contest, with at least 70% of the students taking part. According to EOC officials, 31 schools across the state met the 70% goal and over 64,000 individual entries were received for the grand prize drawing, which included four tickets to the Palmetto Bowl, sideline passes and pre-game activities.
The contest was open to students in S.C. public primary, elementary and middle schools. Students across the state who read six reading-level appropriate books qualified for the grand prize drawing.
Dana Yow, Director of Public Engagement and Communications for S.C. EOC, and Barbara Hairfield, member of the EOC, were on hand Monday afternoon to present Hendersonville Elementary with its check. “The EOC congratulates the students and staff of Hendersonville for their hard work,” said Yow. “They are great models for students around the state and we are so happy we could join in their school-wide celebration today. The EOC believes reading is a child’s key to success in school and life and that’s why the EOC is emphasizing reading through its ‘Read Your Way to the Big Game’ contest with a goal of getting students excited about reading.”
Literacy Coach Sonia Inabinett mailed out 318 cards entering students in the grand prize drawing. She was dressed in Gamecock red and black on Monday afternoon and was thrilled to see the results of the students’ hard work rewarded. “Our teachers used this as an additional opportunity to motivate their students to read in class and at home,” said Inabinett. “We had some teachers decorate their doors with the theme of Gamecocks versus Tigers to promote the contest as well. Our students were encouraged by our principal, assistant principal, their teachers, our reading interventionist Patricia Salley and I to read as much as possible.”