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Read a Million (Minion) Minutes 2016-2017 Schoolwide Reading Challenge

Parents, please encourage and help your child participate.  Our goal is to read 1,000,000 minutes by the end of the school year.  Time counted can be reading done at home or at school.  Preschoolers and kindergarten students can count time they spend listening to someone else read to them.

Students will set their own reading goal.  At least 20 minutes daily is suggested for grades 3 and up.

Recording calendars will be sent home the first week of school.  Look for a note from your child’s teacher telling when calendars are due.

We ask that you verify your child’s reading at home by initialing the calendar before turning it in so minutes can be counted.

The first reward:  Watch teachers do camp relays!

Why should you encourage your child to read at least 20 minutes a day?

Do the math . . .




Minutes per day

20 minutes

0-4 minutes

Minutes per week

(5X a week)

100 minutes

20 minutes

Minutes per month

400 minutes

80 minutes

Minutes per school year


3600 minutes


720 minutes

Days per year

10 days

2 days

PK – 6th grade


60 days


12 days


+48 DAYS !!

12 days


Which student would you expect to…

  • read better? write better?
  • know more?
  • have a stronger vocabulary?
  • be more successful in school?  In life?
  • have a growth mind-set?

Save the Date!

Thursday, October 27


Read S’more

Family Literacy Night

at Van Buren Elementary


Buck Wilder, author, will visit to help us celebrate our Fall reading challenge.


Come for a night of fun activities.


Watch the school Facebook page and notes from school for more information.