The joy of reading is a wonderful thing; it becomes even more delectable knowing that students who are becoming young adults are developing an appetite for not just reading for their studies, but for the sheer enjoyment of digesting reading that becomes joyously delicious! Students that enjoy reading grow into adults that love reading as Manatee Academy K8 School’s media specialist and St. Lucie County’s Reading Council president Debbie Remington, who love books, especially when students read books. This affection prompted Ms. Remington to volunteer to serve as the Florida Director of the Young Adult Choices, a division of the International Reading Association which will enable her to bring to St. Lucie County Schools over 5,000 recently released books for grades 7-12 over the next three years!
Five thousand books equals to about $90,000.00 worth of books that will be going on library shelves in four different St. Lucie County schools:
Northport K-8 —– Dan McCarty School
Treasure Coast High School —– Manatee Academy
Reading Council president Debbie Remington said the hardest decision was which school should get which books. The first 400 books came this year, next year the bulk of the books will be delivered (about 3,000) and the remaining books the year after that. In the program, students in grades 7-12 read the books from numerous publishers and then rate them on a ballot in each book that doubles as a bookmark. All of the ballots in all four schools are tallied and sent to the reading association that collects ballots from across the country with the results determining the top 30 books for the year. Remington calls the program unique because teens are selecting the best books, not publishers, teachers or even librarians.
About the International Reading Association:
Since 1956, IRA has been a nonprofit, global network of individuals and institutions committed to worldwide literacy. More than 60,000 members strong, the Association supports literacy professionals through a wide range of resources, advocacy efforts, volunteerism, and professional development activities. Our members promote high levels of literacy for all by:
- Improving the quality of reading instruction
- Disseminating research and information about reading
- Encouraging the lifetime reading habit
REF: Lucie Links Newsletter (SLCSD) October 2012.