The Chambersburg Area School District (CASD) kicks off the 100 Book Challenge November 7th, 2022, bringing 200-250 books to every classroom, kindergarten through third grade, for students to take home and read throughout the school year. The new resource was purchased utilizing federally provided Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds.
Research shows that students who read for one hour every day, from books that they can read and want to read, have a much better chance for success in school and beyond. The 100 Book Challenge provides the opportunity for students to develop a love for reading that extends beyond the school day and includes their families.
"Giving CASD's youngest readers access to interesting, high-quality books is a way to not only bolster student success in the classroom, but it is also a great way to strengthen literacy practices in the home,” said Lindsay Breslin, Federal Programs Coordinator at CASD. “Our hope is that students and their families enjoy these books and get excited about reading together."
Prior to the launch of the challenge, administrators and staff received training by the American Reading Company, creators of the resource. The training focused on igniting a passion for reading in the lives of students.