Reading Rocks at Solana Santa Fe


After reading more than 46,000 books and 1.1 million pages, Solana Santa Fe students were recognized for their reading achievements during the school’s Books and Beyond Gold Medal Ceremonies on May 16. Each year the elementary school promotes reading through the Books and Beyond program. This year’s theme was “Reading Rocks at SSF!” Students in all grade levels kept track of the number of pages or books they read each week. Those who completed 2,400 pages or 120 books received a medal.

The 181 student who read 4,800 words or 240 books were also treated to a pizza party.

Veronica Reist, SSF’s curriculum resource teacher, along with parent volunteers Nora Balikian, Monica Hendricks and Kathleen Schreiber, coordinated the Books & Beyond reading program. During the ceremonies, Reist talked about the benefits of reading and shared research compiled by SSF’s fifth grade teacher Becky Gauthier. She told students that reading has taken a backseat to interactive computer experiences that typically don’t include very much reading. Reist encouraged students to read at least 15-25 minutes a week.

“There are numerous studies that show that reading improves children’s comprehension, background knowledge, vocabulary, fluency and writing,” said Reist. “It is only through volumes of reading that many students are able to internalize the comprehension skills and gain the reading experience they must acquire for academic success.”

— Stacey Phillips