By Celeste Johnston, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent
Scholastic Book Clubs hosted a national contest inviting pre-K to eighth grade students to share their personal stories about how reading changed their lives. Five lucky student winners were selected and each received a cash prize to help them continue to explore books and to advance their education. In addition, the schools of the winning students each received a cash prize that can be used to support literacy-based efforts in their schools.
Fourth grade Saltar’s Point Elementary School teacher in Steilacoom Historical School District, Dena Snow, asked her students to use the Scholastic contest as Tuesday/Thursday language arts homework during January and February. Students could choose one of the five mediums to create an entry around the theme “I Love to Read”. Ms. Snow offered her assistance, if needed, but the homework was a project done by the students with the guidance of family members. Two students, Jace Snedecor and Braden Barnes chose to create two minute video productions. Jace used his school library as the setting for a self-inspired interview on how reading has impacted his life. Braden adopted a stop action animation style to use Lego creations to share his personal story.
Ms. Snow packaged up and mailed her class’ creations so they’d make it on time for the contest deadline day. The class waited and waited for word from Scholastic. One day last month, Ms. Snow received a phone call she will never forget. One student, Jace, had been awarded Honorable Mention in the video category. Out of thousands of entries, Saltar’s Point Elementary School was on the map, but, the Scholastic representative told Ms. Snow, there is more good news. You have a Grand Prize winner amongst your entries. Braden Barnes video entry won recognition by the judges as a cash prize winning entry for this category. A monetary prize was awarded to Braden and also to the school!
For more than 60 years, Scholastic Book Clubs has provided students and teachers with access to affordable quality books so that all kids develop a love of reading and learning. This contest was a true testament to the many ways that books and reading can enrich a child’s life.
View Jace and Braden’s entries and those of other participants.