Forty-two Pierce Downer Elementary School students celebrated reading one million or more words this school year by enjoying popsicles on a beautiful spring day.
The students participated in the schoolwide Accelerated Reader program, which allows readers to take tests on books read, tracking their comprehension, reading level, and words read. Those who read one million or more words earned spots on the school's Wall of Fame.
Patrick Doyle, Will Fulton, and Teo Palubinskas read 3 million words or more.
Two-million-word-plus celebrants included Grace Puc, Michael Thompson, Simone Schuller, Dillon O'Neill, Evan McDonnell and Kyle Johnson.
Kiera Baarstad, Christopher Bull, Gaja Palubinskas, William Cerne, Daniel Ungari, Zoe Covey, William Duellman, Samuel Black, Claire Rowley, Jacob Cremer, Joseph Ward, Max Ourada, Andrew Hill, Adam Bandola, Alex Koors, Colin Doyle, William Ferris, Daniel Brethauer, Nathan Puc, Franklin Rutkowski, Maggie Lampsa, Patrick Heverin, Sarah Goodell, Jack Scacco, Alessandro Karrow, Joshua Martin, Abigail Blanchard, Kyle Worth, Matthew Rowley, Braden Moore, Nicholas Arand, Charles Kaufmann, and Emily Dwyer all surpassed the magical million word count.
Congratulations to all Pierce Downer readers and especially these students who earned the Wall of Fame. Thanks to the administrators and staff of Pierce Downer, as well as the parents, who suppoorted the students' efforts throughout the year.
Special recognition goes to Lucy El-Badawi, the Learning Resource Center director, for facilitating the program and supplying the photo accompanying this article.