JMCSS Read A Million Program

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DENMARK, Tenn. — Every accelerated reading student at Denmark Elementary and at every school in Jackson-Madison County have the same goal to read a million words this school year. “They have set goals for their reading levels to help them meet that. So they have incentives for those things in the classroom. It’s all about getting them to read in and out of the classroom.” Abby Scott, a 5th grade Math and Science Teacher, at Denmark Elementary School. At Denmark, students can read any educational books that they like. This could be classical books like “Old Yeller” or even books like “Frankenstein”. “Frankenstein because it shows love, terror, and all of that stuff which is in the book. That’s why I liked it; cause it just surprised me in the end.” Khadaja Rivers, a student in Mrs, Scott’s class. Students get time to read at school every day and are encouraged to read 20 minutes at home every night. Reaching their goal of a million words comes with rewards like a accelerated reading cookie party with fellow peers as well as prizes donated by local businesses. “Tickets that are given away for some baseball games and some other big prizes at the end that are still a secret but should;d be really good for when they meet their 1 million words.” Scott siad. The goal is increasing each student’s skill level and love of reading. “I like the Diary of a Wimpy Kid because it tells how its this wimpy kid who tries to beat his brother in everything and was like friends and stuff, He is the wimpiest kid at school.” William Hill, a 5th grade student from Mrs. Scott’s class. For more information on the Read A Million Program visit the Jackson Madison County Schools Webite at

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