Hazlegrove hits 150,000,000 word target with Accelerated Reader
By Ruth Atkinson
Students at a Somerset prep school have achieved a significant milestone, reading over 150 million words between them in a single term. Students at Hazlegrove Preparatory School were working together towards the target all term, with anticipation building as the holidays approached. They reached the milestone figure with just one day to spare.
Among the school’s top readers were two students who read over 4 million words each, eight who read between 2 and 4 million words, and a further 44 who read over a million words. These are significant personal achievements, earning the students places in the prestigious Millionaires’ Club. They were initiated at a Millionaires’ Lunch (pictured above) where they received bubbly lemonade and canapés.
Recent research from the National Literacy Trust shows that students who use Accelerated Reader are more likely to see a link between reading and academic success. Hazlegrove’s Millionaires’ Club and word count challenge are excellent examples of how a culture of reading motivates students to read for pleasure and make academic progress.
More information about the Millionaires’ Lunch, complete with a photo gallery, can be found on the Hazlegrove website.