Scholastic, the Publishing Company behind Harry Potter, the Hunger Games and other reat titles, held its first interschool literacy contest last August 19 at the Posh Rockwell Tent in Makati City.
The Readers Cup aims to recognize literacy educators (teachers, librarians, principals and schools) for outstanding work in improving literacy in their school.
The winners of the Readers Cup were chosen from 131 schools who participated inn Scholastic’s Assessment and Enrichment Program (AEP) and Independent Reading Program (IRP). Both AEP and IRP are premiere end-to-end literacy programs that schools subscribe to, producing remarkable and measurable improvements in students’ reading abilities.
The passion of helping students read well and meaningfully is a shared purpose of Scholastic and its school partners. It is that common objective that fuels the vision for the Readers Cup : a tribute to the tireless teachers, librarians and principals whose work and leadership paved way for students to become readers and learners.
Mr. Frank Wong, Head of Scholastic Asia, who is based in Singapore said, “We are not children from reading e-books, but rather, we would like to influence them to appreciate physical books as well. For our program, we target pre-school to grade school children who are too young to jump in using e-books”.
The Scholastic Readers Cup warded the Top 3 Schools in varying category :
“Highest Increase in Total Number of Books Read per School”;
“Highest average books per child”;
“Highest average lexile growthj per student”;
and the “Highest Average number of books read per student”.
With prestige and honor on the line, the Scholastic Readers Cup is set to raise the bar for literacy in the Philippines. No matter what schools end up winning the Readers Cup, it is clear that the real reward lies in being able to influence each studenty to become a better reader giving way to a better life!