Elementary Readers are Leaders in Frisco ISD

May 14, 2021

Annually, several Title I elementary campuses in Frisco ISD are challenged in a friendly independent reading competition by the NCAA Readers Become Leaders Program. 

Third grade students at Bright, Christie, Elliott, Ogle, Rogers, Shawnee Trail, Sonntag, Spears, Tadlock and Taylor elementary schools participated in the reading competition that tracked the number of minutes each student and campus read. 

To kick off the program, campuses held launch parties virtually and in-person. Students were encouraged to read a minimum of 30 minutes per day and to log their minutes. 

Each third grade classroom received books for their classroom library. In addition, students were each gifted with an “I Survived” book from the New York Times best-selling series by Lauren Tarshis, a popular author among young readers.

Rogers Student Zander with Football Ticket For every 500 minutes they read, students were entered into a raffle for the opportunity to attend the NCAA Division I Football Championship Game at Toyota Stadium. Community partners provided various incentives each week for the top readers.

This year, thanks to incredible partnerships and encouragement by teachers and families, third graders across 10 FISD campuses read 938,384 minutes over the course of six weeks!

The campus with the highest average minutes read per student also won a Zoom conference with Lauren Tarshis herself. Congratulations to Shawnee Trail Elementary and the students that earned this honor with an average of 1,181 minutes read per enrolled student! 

The Readers Become Leaders competition focused on third grade students because research shows that if students are not reading on level by the end of third grade, they are four times less likely to graduate from high school. Since a critical component of being a proficient reader is independently practicing reading skills, the District was excited to offer third graders an additional incentive to spend more time reading.

“The community coming together in celebration of encouraging students to read is absolutely incredible,” said Kelly Hemenway, academic partnerships coordinator. “We are thankful for all of the partners who supported students throughout this reading journey.”

Thank you to these community partners that joined forces in support of student reading:

  • NCAA

  • Comerica Center

  • Crayola Experience Plano

  • Frisco Heritage Museum

  • Jason’s Deli 

  • Lauren Tarshis

  • Lisa Bethea of Visit Frisco

  • Main Event

  • Monster Mini Golf

  • National Soccer Hall of Fame

  • National Video Game Museum

  • Scholastic

  • Sci-Tech Discovery Center

  • Traintopia

  • UNT Softball

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