Sacred Heart of Jesus School wrapped up National Library Week on April 15 with its new Accelerated Reader reward program “Destroy the Dress Code.”
Students in second through fifth grade who earned Accelerated Reader points throughout the school year “destroyed” the dress code, based on the number of points earned, by wearing things such as mismatched socks, wigs and face paint. More AR points meant VIP readers, or students with the most points, got to kick back in the library at the end of the school day with pillows, blankets and sleeping bags for an hour of reading.
“Destroy the Dress Code was fun because I got to wear an awesome wig and suspenders and see my classmates dressed in silly stuff, but my favorite part was the VIP reading time in the library,” fifth-grader Ethan Hunter said. “We built a fort with our blankets and read inside the fort.”
Teachers from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade also participated by dressing up as their favorite book characters.
“From wearing crazy outfits to seeing their teachers dressed up as book characters, the students really enjoyed themselves. Many are already asking me when next year’s Destroy the Dress Code will be,” librarian Lizzie Cossé said.
Sixth- through eighth-graders will have their chance to Destroy the Dress Code on May 5. Teachers again will dress as their favorite book characters.
Accelerated Reader is a computer program that helps teachers and librarians manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice, according to a news release. A student picks a book at his or her own level, reads it at his own pace, then takes a short computerized quiz. Students earn points based on his or her success on the quizzes taken during the school year, the release said.