UNION, NJ – Students at Hannah Caldwell Elementary School kicked off their “Bookemon” Reading Incentive Program with a school-wide assembly on Friday.
“This challenge is up to you,” said school librarian and reading challenge creator Karen Franciosa. “You are in control of your own reading.”
Each month, students get a new reading log with a different ‘Poke’ badge. When the student hands in their log at the end of the month, they will receive a ‘Bookemon’ card featuring the badge for that month. The object is for students to hand in all eight logs for eight months to collect eight different ‘Bookemon’ cards.
There will also be other prizes awarded such as Pizza Hut coupons and small prizes. “There will be a Battle each month between grade level classes for the takeover of the "gym"/media center,” said Franciosa. “The grade level class who reads the most minutes takes control.”
“You can turn off the tv every now and then,” Franciosa continued. “You can put down the games every now and then. Pick up a book and read.”
Mayor Manuel Figueiredo also attended the event. “The Mayor is a big believer in reading,” said Franciosa. “He knows how important it is to success.”
Students joined in to take the Reading Pledge and read the “Bookemon…Gotta Read ‘Em All! Poem.”