Readers spend day at AJ Pool as reward

Posted: May 20, 2014 in Book Wars, Student Accomplishments

By Jessica Conrad
Cougar News Blog

Students at Cactus Canyon got to take a splash into reading, literally. On Thursday, some students were able to participate at the Book Wars pool party.
Students who went to the party had to have at least 90 points on their AR goal, about 160 students were eligible to go. The party took place during fourth hour and until the end of the day.
“Having the chance to hang out and swim with my friends instead of sitting in class and working was probably the sweetest part of the reward,” said eighth grader Holly Stillman.
Students were able to swim, use the slides, wave pool, and even the diving boards. Some students even got to play volleyball.
Book Wars began at the beginning of the year to increase reading on campus. With every 15 AR points, students would get a prize. Prizes included candy bars, buttons, passes to get to lunch early, and even shirts. Right after spring break, students had the opportunity to participate in the Book Wars party held in the cafeteria.
Lisa Smith, who designed the program, said the program had a successful first year and should be even better in 2014-15.
“There were some misunderstanding at the beginning of the year, but I think with all the teachers on board next year we will see improvement in the program,” said Smith. “I think this reward was really effective in getting students to read more.”
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