The 1,800 preschool students in the Cherry Creek School District read a whopping 43,770 books during the 1st Annual Reading Together Readathon, held Feb. 26 to March 5. Of course, they did have a little help from their teachers, parents, older siblings, grandparents and others who read with them at school and at home during the readathon.
“I want to congratulate all of our preschool students and thank the family and friends who read with them,” said Stacey Peoples, director of Early Childhood Education for Cherry Creek Schools. “One of our goals in preschool is to instill a love of reading and the best way to do that is to surround our students with others who love to read.”
Peoples explained that reading with others helps young learners develop important pre-reading skills such as sound recognition, comprehension and critical thinking. They also develop something called “print awareness,” understanding that the print represents words that have meaning.
The top four preschool locations, in terms of the number of books read, are:
• Indian Ridge - approximately 5,177 books read
• Fox Hollow – approximately 4,915 books read
• Black Forest Hills – approximately 3,982 books read
• The Cottage Preschool - approximately 3,092 books read
As part of the Reading Together Readathon, preschool families collected pledges from relatives and friends for every book their child read. That brought in $17,508 which will be used to purchase additional books, arts and crafts supplies and educational toys for preschool classrooms across the district.
Because the inaugural readathon was such a success, planning for next year‘s event is already underway. The 2nd Annual Reading Together Readathon will be held March 5-11, 2018 at all Cherry Creek Schools preschools.
Cherry Creek Schools offers high-quality, affordable preschool at more than 20 locations across the district. The program features an extremely low staff-to-student ratio and a comprehensive, scientifically-based, early childhood curriculum. The program helps youngsters develop the academic and social skills they need for kindergarten and beyond. For more information about the preschool program, visit the Cherry Creek Early Childhood Education website.