ReadOKC Grows as Students Set Records

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    ReadOKC Grows as Students Set Records 


    OKLAHOMA CITY (Feb. 4, 2018) – Oklahoma City Public Schools (OKCPS) elementary students read more than ever before over winter break.

    As part of ReadOKC’s “Chill out and Read” challenge, students recorded more than 1.8 million minutes of reading. The total surpasses previous records district students set over summer and fall breaks.

    More than 3,500 students participated. Children’s Hospital provided medals for the 2,000-plus students who reached the goal of reading at least 20 minutes a day.

    Mary Mélon, president and CEO of the Foundation for OKCPS praised students for their commitment.

    “Our students are learning that reading is fun!” Mélon said. “And we know creating good habits means students will perform better in school and get a great start on a successful future if they engage their minds during vacations.”

    The Oklahoma City Schools Compact funded Kindle devices for top students in the reading challenge, and the top reader at each of OKCPS 54 elementary schools earned a pizza party for their entire class.

    ReadOKC promotes the love of reading and literacy among children in OKCPS through reading challenges, recruiting reading buddies in schools and providing access to reading materials.


    About ReadOKC

    ReadOKC is an initiative of the Oklahoma City Public Schools Compact, which promotes the love of reading to OKCPS elementary students. The Oklahoma City Public Schools Compact’s primary mission is to create and stimulate ownership of OKCPS and its outcomes. It comprises of: Oklahoma City Public Schools, the Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, the United Way of Central Oklahoma, and the City of Oklahoma City.