One School at a Time: North Liberty Elementary

Super heroes have some competition on their hands in North Liberty. Several kids at the elementary school are "Super Readers," soaking up loads of books and education.

To help them out, Martin's Super Markets presented the school with a $1,000 grant from the One School at a Time Program.

The money will help fund the reading incentive program that is helping kids stay hooked on books all year round.

Do not let this laid back reading time fool you. There is a lot of learning going on at North Liberty Elementary School.

“I like fiction and fantasy and stuff like that,” says Abbi Houser a 6th Grader at North Liberty Elementary.

“I like medieval times kind of books but I also like science fiction books,” says Gabe Weiss a 6th Grader at North Liberty Elementary.

All of that reading helps these kids earn points for special events. Gabe Weiss and others are top level participants.

“We were super readers,” says Weiss. “I got wore superman for the parade and everything.”

“We had a group of students on the float they were our super readers,” explains Principal Randy Romer. “They passed out books instead of candy.”

Principal Randy Romer says the One School at a Time grant will help fund more events.

“We want to provide different events, encouraging more students to participate,” says Romer.

From a Santa Christmas Party, to a visit from the Cat in the Hat, these readers participate in a lot of cool events.

“They are advancing their reading skills, but the same time having fun,” says Parent Julie Brinkoff.

“Take a test, earn points and then they're able to do the activities like the pizza bowling party, the yum yum shop that was fun for them,” says Parent Jennifer Minnick.

With these fun events as incentives, the staff keeps these kids motivated to read during the summer, a busy time for most kids.

I have baseball and we do summer soccer,” says Weiss. “But when we get home we have a pool and I like to just go outside and read by the pool sometimes.”

Create more gifted readers for tomorrow.

“Reading is knowledge,” says Romer. “And we try to tell them, Reading is power. If they are able to read they have unlimited opportunities when the future comes.”

In addition to the grant, the school also has the support of several business sponsors from the North Liberty community.

You can nominate your school for a One School at a Time grant. The winning school gets $1,000 from Martin's Super Markets, and a new winner is picked each month. Schools only need to apply once, and you can do so by going to michianaschools.com.


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