By Whooo’s Reading Blog Team
Shady Grove Elementary Students in Pennsylvania Win Whooo’s Reading
Overall Number of Reading Minutes Logged for Event Exceeds 26 Million
San Diego — April 5, 2016 — Students at Shady Grove Elementary School in Pennsylvania have won Whooo’s Reading’s month-long reading marathon by logging an impressive 575,625 minutes of reading in 31 days and making Shady Grove the event’s top reading school. The designation of top reading classes goes to two classes at Asbury Elementary School in Denver, Co. and one at Spuyten Duyvil School P.S. 24 in New York City for their combined total of more than 263,300 minutes.
In all, more than 1,541 schools across the United States logged more than 26 million minutes of reading for the March event. The winning school and classes will be receiving Kindle e-readers to raffle off amongst eligible students.
Developed by Learn2Earn, Whooo’s Reading is a platform that makes reading fun by giving students in grades K-8 the power of choice, allowing them to read fiction or nonfiction material while incorporating online game elements preferred by today’s digital natives. It also encourages students to improve specific standards-aligned reading and writing skills and become more confident in writing for authentic audiences, including classmates and family members.
Classes had to log their reading every single day to win one new Owl Accessory each week—these accessories are used to customize their unique Owlvatar. A national leaderboard kept tally of the minutes read and students could keep track of their progress when they logged into their personal accounts.
“The level of participation in our reading marathon event was superb,” said Raphael Menko, co-founder of Whooo’s Reading. “Seeing young students hit more than 26 million minutes of reading in just four weeks confirms our belief that students will read when they are given the freedom to choose what they want to read. That’s what our platform, unlike others, does. Plus, it’s designed to ensure that they have fun and feel a real sense of accomplishment as they form the very beneficial habit of reading.”
Currently, students in school districts such as Denver Public Schools, Temple City Unified School District, Lowndes County School District and Wissahickon School District, along with more than 37,800 teachers across the nation are using the platform, with students completing more than 200MM minutes of reading. Previous research showed that students who used Whooo’s Reading consistently for a year significantly increased the text complexity of the books they chose, as determined by Lexile measures.
Learn2Earn is a young startup company focused on providing a 21st-century alternative to traditional literacy programs and school fundraising platforms. Unlike other reading or fundraising programs, their service is child-centric rather than educator-centric, meaning everything they develop is focused on benefitting the children who use it, on making reading fun, and improving specific reading and writing skills as outlined in the Common Core State Standards. In the area of fundraising, they offer something that most fundraising companies don’t: an educational platform for schools to use to raise money. Students aren’t selling; they’re improving their reading skills. For more information, visit https://www.whooosreading.org