Read 20 Gives $10,000 To Ganns Middle Valley Elementary School

Thursday, May 22, 2014
Read 20 Chief Reading Officer Shawn Kurrelmeier-Lee and Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger.
Read 20 Chief Reading Officer Shawn Kurrelmeier-Lee and Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger.

Hamilton County’s literacy program, Read 20, donated $10,000 to Ganns Middle Valley Elementary School Thursday morning.  The money went to the school for their participation in the second annual Millionaire Readers program.  

The Millionaire Readers program is part of an ongoing Read 20 literacy contest engaging students in reading.  The Millionaire’s Readers program encourages children to read a million words during the school year. The winning school receives $10,000 to be used to purchase more books for the school library. 

Ganns Middle Valley Elementary had the highest percentage of Millionaire Readers; 68 percent, 379 Ganns students read a million words during school year 2013-2014.

Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger who was on hand Thursday morning to present the $10,000 check to the students says the 379 children who achieved Millionaire Reader status have reason to be proud. “This is an incredible accomplishment that is shared not only by the students who did the reading but also the parents who documented the children’s reading accomplishments. Just as the public-private partnership that is Read 20 worked together to make this annual contest work, parents and children teamed up to accomplish a goal that will have a lifelong impact due to the student’s increased literacy.”

The number of Millionaire Readers in the Hamilton County school system doubled from last year.  All the student’s reading was done outside of classroom time. 

Read 20’s Shawn Kurrelmeier-Lee says Ganns Middle Valley Elementary was not the only school with a high percentage of readers. The chief reading officer says Allen Elementary had 334 pupils who reached Millionaire Reader status and last year’s winner, Eastside Elementary had more than 55 percent of its students who read a million words this school year. “I am so proud of each and every student who participated in the program; we had six other schools participate and over 1,500 students became Read 20 Millionaire Readers,” said Ms. Kurrelmeir-Lee.

Ms. Kurrelmeier-Lee points out that even those students who didn’t quite reach a million words benefited from the program. “Not everyone read a million words, but those who ran a bit short are still far better off, because of all the time they spent reading their improved literacy will pay big dividends later on in life”

Every Millionaire Reader will receive a Read 20 Certificate and a Read 20 Backpack Medallion.
                                                                    


School Reformist Dr. Tiffany Anderson To Speak In Chattanooga On Education Reform

Dr. Tiffany Anderson will present, Putting Schools at the Center of a Community, at the next Chattanooga 2.0 Talk on June 2 from 5:30-7 p.m. at Dalewood Middle School, located at 1300 Shallowford Road in Chattanooga. This event is free and open to the public.  Dr. Anderson’s model of bringing community services and connections into schools has been featured on NPR, The ... (click for more)

Commissioner McQueen Reconvenes Special Task Force On Student Testing And Assessment

Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced Wednesday the reconvening of the special Tennessee Task Force on Student Testing and Assessment to further study and identify best practices in testing at the school, district, and state level. Comm. McQueen formed the first iteration of this assessment task force shortly after taking office in 2015 as a result of feedback from ... (click for more)

Woman, 26, Who Was Set To Testify In Murder Trial, Is Shot And Killed On Elder Street

A 26-year-old woman who was set to testify in an upcoming murder trial was shot multiple times and killed on Wednesday morning. Chattanooga Police responded to the 2100 block of Elder Street on a report of a dead person on the side of the road near Old Ringgold Road and Westside Drive. Police located Bianca Horton.  P olice established a crime scene.  Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Attorney For Bobby Stone Hits Berke, Fletcher For Commenting On Pending Case

The attorney for Bobby Stone on Wednesday said it was "fundamentally wrong" for Mayor Andy Berke and Police Chief Fred Fletcher to comment on the case in which Mr. Stone is charged with domestic assault against his wife, Berke advisor Lacie Stone. Attorney Lee Davis said the comments were unfair and "a disservice to the court." Mayor Berke denied any inappropriate contact ... (click for more)

Case Handled Like Any Other? - And Response

It is interesting that Chief Fletcher would deem the handling of the Mayor's encounter as typical or normal. Is the Chief asking the public to believe that all misdemeanor domestic violence arrests include a 4-hour taped interrogation, and delayed reporting after a visit to the Chief’s house. Of course, we believe that Chief Fletcher. April Eidson * * *  I ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Christian Schools Bully, Too

Earlier this week, after I shared a story about bullying written by a very brave mother, it opened a floodgate of emails from parents and students who have been forced to endure such madness in our elementary, junior and senior high schools. Discipline is the No. 1 problem in our schools. Because of it, or because of a lack of it, no wonder our children cannot achieve all that ... (click for more)