Four students at
Andrew Robinson Elementary demonstrated that reading is important and fundamental to academic success, and were rewarded for their hard work with computers from their PE teacher William Jackson.
For the past three years, Coach Jackson has awarded multimedia computers to top readers and academic performers. Partnering with Media Specialist Nancy Rentz and Instructional Coach Michelle Walsh-Lopez, the students, ranging in grades second through fifth, each read more than the required 25 books and passed their computer-based reading assessment.
The top readers in each grade level are the following students: Second grade – Nehemia Wilford, second grade; Ja’Ali V. Thanars, third grade; Maxwell Linning, fourth grade; and Keana D. Bryant, fifth grade.
In addition to winning a computer, Ja'Ali also is an A/B honor student, scored level 5 on the reading and math portion of the FCAT, and has read more than 25 books from the Superintendent’s Book Club.
Coach Jackson praised the students for their hard work and dedication.
“These students and others excelled above and beyond the requirements to be successful readers. They are role models to their peers at Andrew Robinson and in Duval County Public Schools.”
Next school year, Coach Jackson hopes to award multimedia laptops to top readers in kindergarten through fifth grade, and establish a partnership with other elementary schools to motivate reading success throughout the district.
“The fundamentals of reading success begin in the primary grades of our elementary schools. Students should be rewarded with tools that promote and encourage learning,” said Jackson. “Technology is a great motivator for students and empowers them for continued success in their academic journey.”
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