Lebanon Junction Elementary School recently participated in a reading challenge through the READ Foundation in Louisville.
According to Principal Daniel Mullins, during this two month challenge, students used Lexia, Mindplay, and Compass, earning chances to go into a drawing for a class prize from the READ Foundation, an all-expense paid trip for the entire class to see Disney’s Aladdin at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts (including transportation, the show and lunch at Martin’s BB).
“The Foundation gives away one trip each year and this year chose Lebanon Junction to be their school of choice,” Mullins said.
During a Bulldog Broadcast (the school’s daily news program), the READ Foundation’s Bill Stangel announced Kimberly Hickey’s third grade class as the winner.
Hickey explained as each student in the school half-leveled or leveled up, they received a ‘lottery’ ticket for the drawing and Lebanon Junction student was drawn.
“Students were motivated to apply the skills from the LEXIA program to improve reading comprehension and fluency in their daily reading activities,” she said. “I noticed that students were more engaged in our reading program, as well as across content areas.”
Students Isaiah Alderman, Nick Barnhard, Aiden Carrico, Brett Cole, Saylor Cox, Alexis Duvall, Emma Edgar, Ethan Ford, Blake Havens, Logan Hobbs, Layne Hoten, Hayden Logan, Braden Morris, Mason Noe, Peyton O’Neal, Cameron Probus, Katie Rausch, Morgan Ray, Isabell Stewart, David Schott, Krissy Votaw, Logan Waters, Aliyah White and Jordan Wilkerson were very excited as they dressed up, boarded a Miller Transportation and attended the stage play.
Also in attendance was Jack Utley from Ms. Olive’s class and Samuel McCubbins, Mason Pracher and Peyton Riley from Mrs. Rutledge’s class.
“It was absolutely amazing,” Hickey said. “I noticed that the students were mesmerized during the performance. During intermission, they were concerned with returning to their seats in time. They did not want to miss a single note or word.”
During the class morning meetings, students share with their peers. Their current success skill focus is on self-control.
“The day after the performance, several students shared about the experience related to self-control and theater etiquette,” Hickey said. “I asked, ‘Share one part of yesterday’s experience that you will carry forever?’ Many of them were mesmerized by the performances and set. They loved the singing and dancing. Several had questions about the career path to become a part of a production.”