Last summer, close to 150 Lake Central elementary students from Bibich, Homan, and Watson schools completed a summer reading challenge issued by their school librarians to read 2,012 pages for 2012.
Students who were successful were awarded a yard sign proudly stating, “A Lake Central Library Champion Lives Here!” at their school’s open house.
"This summer’s challenge is to read 2,013 pages for 2013." said Judy Toczek, Watson Elementary School librarian. The program was so successful, added Toczek, that two more Lake Central elementary schools, Peifer and Kolling, are joining the challenge this year.
“(Traditionally), we spend the entire school year encouraging kids’ enthusiasm for reading, and then we just kind of let them go for the summer and hope for the best," Elana Arens, head librarian for the Lake Central School Corp. said. "We wanted to do something that would really maintain that enthusiasm over the summer and we wanted to celebrate the kids’ success at setting and achieving a goal in a high profile and highly visible way.
"The kids and their parents were thrilled to be getting these yard signs.”
“Our yard sign project is actually a version of a program that originated in the Louisville Kentucky Free Public Libraries. Arens read about the program in "American Libraries" magazine and shared it with the librarians in the Lake Central district.
Several were interested in pursuing it, and after receiving a nod from the administration, Arens contracted with a Lake Central parent, Marie White, of J & M Signs, to produce the signs.
"The project took on this kind of organic, homegrown feeling and it really came to be about the entire community celebrating these kids,"Arens said." We have so much to be proud of here at Lake Central and I wanted to highlight that.”