Rowan-Salisbury Schools recognizes extraordinary readers

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 23, 2018

SALISBURY — More than 2,000 students are being recognized as “extraordinary readers” by Rowan-Salisbury Schools.

Teachers, principals and school staff members have spent the week roaming country roads and placing signs that say “An extraordinary reader lives here” in the yards of students who met yearly reading goals.

Traveling in small groups, staff members knocked on doors and congratulated students with hugs and cheer before placing the signs.

To qualify for a sign, students in grades three through 12 must have read 80 Achieve3000 articles over the school year with a score of 75 percent or higher on reading comprehension quizzes for each. Students in kindergarten through second grade must have read 70 articles.

The push is part of the school system’s “Go for the Gold” reading challenge. All articles had to be completed by May 4.

A total of 2,484 students qualified — a 75 percent increase over last year’s 1,500 students, said Rita Foil, the RSS public information officer.

Top-scoring schools included East Rowan High School, Corriher-Lipe Middle School and Millbridge Elementary School. Roughly 10 schools will have a 100 percent increase in winners over last year.