Local school helps to set world record for reading - WNEM TV 5

Local school helps to set world record for reading

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A school in Mid-Michigan is taking part in a national effort to do something that's never been done before.

Bay County Public School Academy, in Bay City, is one of thousands of schools to accept the "Read the most from coast to coast" challenge.

Students there are joining others across the country to read as many books as they can Friday in hopes of breaking a world record.

"Last year they read 3.5 million books. so we are going to participate in this nationwide event to help break the record this year and become part of the record books," said Nick Meldrum, a teacher at the academy.

Every time a student finishes one book, they have to take a quiz on the computer to show they comprehend what they read, before they can move on to the next book. Students like Amari'a Campbell say the read-a-thon is already paying off.

"It helps you learn more and it helps you be a better reader," Campbell commented.

Teachers are thrilled to see the students engaged and excited. They hope the event shows students that reading can be fun, so it will become a life long habit.

UPDATE: The students were able to set the record! Check out the official website stating that information here.

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