Federal Way Public Schools celebrates National Reading Month

By Federal Way Public Schools

Get ready for National Reading Month! In March, Federal Way Public Schools (FWPS) is joining in this national celebration of literacy and highlighting scholars of all ages and the books they enjoy reading.

As part of this celebration, FWPS invited scholars across all grade levels to share their favorite book so far this year, as well as why they enjoyed that particular book. These submissions will be used to compile the second annual Scholar Recommended Booklist, showcased on the district website, social media, and e-newsletter.

Also in March, FWPS is hosting a Reading Marathon Challenge! Daily reading can improve comprehension skills and academic performance across all subjects, and this challenge is designed to help build this positive habit. Students are encouraged to read for 7 days in a row during the month of March and track their progress on a reading log. To complete an entry in their reading log, scholars should read for 30 minutes each day, middle school scholars should read for 45 minutes, and high school scholars should read for one hour per day. When they’ve completed the challenge, students can trade their completed reading log for a prize!

Learn more about National Reading Month activities at www.fwps.org/NationalReadingMonth.

FWPS is committed to helping scholars develop strong reading skills, from elementary through high school graduation. Not only does reading help improve creativity, critical thinking skills, and concentration, but it also helps expand perspective on others and the world around us, as well as deepen knowledge on different topic areas.

Parents and family can help at home too! Here are some tips for supporting literacy at home:

  • Read with or listen to your child read for at least 30 minutes per day. Research shows that students who read for one hour a day make almost two years of growth in reading!
  • If in elementary or middle school, ask them what their power goal is or what they are learning about in reading. If in grades K-2, ask what they are learning in phonics.
  • Visit the library. Students get library cards for free and have access to the online system, including e-books, through the Federal Way Public Schools student log-in.
  • Encourage your child to be curious about books so they become a life-long reader.