The entire Pashley Elementary School student body gathered in the cafeteria today to honor the 119 students who participated in Assemblyman James Tedisco's Summer Reading Challenge--and who also broke the record for having the highest number of readers ever!
"This is the first time in my years of supporting this program that this many students from one school earned Excellence in Reading certificates," said Tedisco who applauded the students.
He also credited the school's teachers and leaders--as well as parents--for encouraging students in their reading endeavors. To show his support and appreciation of the tremendous efforts, Tedisco presented a proclamation to Principal Jill Bonacio for this amazing achievement. "Reading is so important, and you all put forth your best efforts and met a huge challenge--that's something to be proud of."
Every Pashely student in grades K through 4 was invited to participate in the Summer Reading Challenge by agreeing to read for at least 15 minutes for 40 days during the months of July and August. Students were required to return the marked off reading calendar to Reading Specialists Merry Mazzotti and Erin Walker, who then submitted them to Tedisco's office.
"When I brought the completed reading calendars from 119 of our students to his office, his staff said 'wow, that's an impressive number of student readers," explained Mazzotti.
And impressive it is. Tedisco told the students that Pashley not only had the highest number of readers out of the 40 schools in Saratoga and Schenectady counties that also participated in the Summer Reading Challenge this year, but that they had the highest number ever!
Every student who participated was issued an Excellence in Reading certificate signed by Assemblyman Tedisco.
Congratulations Pashley students--and keep reading!