MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. - Mount Vernon school officials handed out more than 100 donated bicycles to celebrate the successful completion of the Superintendent Kenneth Hamilton's Reading Challenge.
On Friday, the district held a carnival for nearly 2,000 students on the Mount Vernon High School football field, where bicycles were raffled off every ten minutes in commemoration of the students collectively reading 300,000 books during the school year.
Following the completion of the second annual reading challenge, Hamilton praised the district for embracing the event all year.
“I am so proud of each and every one of these 1,836 students who succeeded at the Superintendent’s Reading Challenge, as well as others who participated but may have fallen a little short,” he said. “I encourage everyone to join me next week.”
At the celebration carnival, students played in bounce houses, inflatable slides, obstacle courses and other games. The event featured a DJ, face painters, stilt walker and juggler. Students that read 30 books or more were awarded medals, while students that read more than 20 books were granted a certificate of participation.
“Reading is the most substantial thing you can do to improve your ability to learn,” Gayle White-Wallace, the standards administrator for pre-K, ELA, literacy and social studies in the district, added. “And you can do it at your own pace. It’s a wonderful opportunity to grow.”