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‘Readers are leaders’ at Del Rio Elementary in Chino Valley

Students from Del Rio Elementary sit around a table at a recent ice cream party. Del Rio, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Chino Valley, challenges students at Del Rio to read, read, read! To build inertia and keep students reading each quarter, the classes at each grade level with the greatest gain in words read are treated to an ice cream party with Rotarians. (CVUSD/Courtesy)

Students from Del Rio Elementary sit around a table at a recent ice cream party. Del Rio, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Chino Valley, challenges students at Del Rio to read, read, read! To build inertia and keep students reading each quarter, the classes at each grade level with the greatest gain in words read are treated to an ice cream party with Rotarians. (CVUSD/Courtesy)

Who can read a million or more words in a school year? Apparently, 31 third through fifth graders at Del Rio Elementary in Chino Valley can! “Del Rio School encourages readers”, says Principal Reeder.

Del Rio, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Chino Valley, challenges students at Del Rio to read, read, read! To build inertia and keep students reading each quarter, the classes at each grade level with the greatest gain in words read are treated to an ice cream party with Rotarians. Each year the Rotary Club provides awards for all our students who read a million words and this year students and families were invited to a dinner to celebrate reading achievements and to be recognized with special gifts including Amazon Kindles, posters and Amazon gift cards.

This year ended with 31 students reading over a million words each and with a total for all Del Rio students of over 214 million words read. Principal Reeder says, “Even though summer is here and school has ended, reading books should never end!”

Reading has a number of benefits and provides the path of success. Reading stimulates the brain, keeping the brain active, engaged and knowledge is gained. Reading exercises the mind and helps to improve focus and concentration.

Also, the more words read and the more words a person has exposure to adds to their vocabulary. With the expanded vocabulary, a person can articulate thoughts and be a better writer. Rotarians are leaders in our community and they love encouraging students to read, because as Chino Valley Rotary President John Scholl tells students, “Readers become leaders!”

Information provided by Chino Valley Unified School District.

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