The Turtle Creek Elementary School fifth graders in Mr. Steve Fouts’s class must really love their pizza. Or, perhaps Mr. Fouts has really instilled a love of reading in them. Perhaps it’s both.
For the second straight year, Fouts has a classroom of students that was in the top 100 schools nationwide in Pizza Hut’s Book It! program.
More than 30,000 classrooms participate in the program, which has students track of their minutes of reading, or pages or number of books read each month.
Fouts had his class of 21 students keep track of minutes. When students met their reading goals, they earned certificates for a free personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut.
As a class, the students read a collective 141,065 minutes since the contest started back in October 2013. That’s more than 2,350 hours, or about 112 hours of reading for each student in the class!
Fouts said the motivator this year was his class finishing in the top 100 last year. The students really enjoyed reading the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and “Dork Diaries” series, along with mystery books and even many non-fiction science books and articles.
He gave the students of goal of reading an average of an hour each day after school. Considering when the contest started and adding in weekends and other non-school days, that’s pretty close to the target Fouts set for his class.
As an award for their effort, the Pizza Hut in Delavan gave the fifth graders an end-of-the-year pizza party, on the house. Delavan Pizza Hut Shift Manager Alia Holden brought in the pies and cinnamon sticks and talked about the Book It! program’s history with the students before the feast.
The classroom also got a certificate and a glass plaque recognizing their work.
Great prizes, great program and a great job by our students to practice their reading!
Parents and students can find reading resources and fun activities on the Book It! website at: www.bookitprogram.com/parents/