Students adopt reading buddies at Dogwood Elementary to encourage independent reading

Germantown, Tennessee--October 11, 2019--It’s no secret that the key to early literacy success is practice.  Children who read independently for 20 minutes tend to do better in school and as a side effect may develop a lifelong love of reading.  This month, Dogwood Elementary School hosted its first ever Pizza and PJ Night with a few dozen families.  The evening began with an informative presentation for parents by teachers.  Melody McGaughey, one of the event organizers shared with parents, “that reading for 20 minutes each day exposes students to 1.8 million words a year and can dramatically improve students’ reading levels”.

After covering the benefits of reading at home, students were then treated to the opportunity to adopt a pet or a super hero.  The students then pledged to read to their buddies for 20 minutes a day.

Students also each received a electronic bookmark to help them track the minutes that they were reading at home.

“The goal of this event was to share information with parents about how reading every day is great for kids, and to provide some motivation for the kids to do it,” said McGaughey.

The night was rounded out by complimentary pizza from GMSD Community Partner Marco’s Pizza.  This clever approach to supporting student literacy was created by Carla Schurtz, Melody McGaughey and Donna Jones.
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