At the start of the year our Excellent Readers group desired to leave a legacy of their efforts. Hearing that the average college student can read 300 words per minute with comprehension, they decided to task themselves with the challenge of reading a million words in a single night.
Our Excellent Readers surpassed expectations with a combined revised total of almost two million words read between twelve students and two teachers! The final total was 1,643,253 words.
The entire event was student run from conception to completion. From devising a suitable application process (since a sleep over in school attracted the initial attention of over one hundred students!) to bringing in delicious home-cooked tacos, a delightfully and exciting evening was spent reading by all.
Breakfast was cheerfully provided in the morning: thank you Claire Shannon-Vermillion! Konnor Wallis also sought out suitable snacks to keep us cheerful throughout the night.
Tacos and other food was provided by Alex Kroepfl. Thank you Alex!
Many of these students followed up their readathon efforts with sterling performances in the readathon the next day. The intrepid students were:
A special mention needs to out to Mrs Harrison who managed to rally the troops long into the night; without her we could not have reached our target.
Update from: Mr. Gregory Anderson, Teacher of English