ANKENY, Iowa (June 1, 2016) - Southeast Elementary kicked off summer reading in style. The school is the Iowa
winner for the first-ever Dav Pilkey “Be a Reading Superhero” educator contest.
The contest, part of the 2016 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, provides a
new book for every student to take home and read over the summer.
Southeast celebrated with a parade on May 31. Each class dressed-up according to their chosen book theme, local radio stations and the Ankeny police and fire departments were on-hand, Ankeny teachers provided festive music, and Superintendent Dr. Bruce A. Kimpston served as grand marshal.
“We are so excited to be a
part of this contest,” said Joy DeJong, fifth grade teacher. “We encourage all students to read throughout
the summer, and we’re hopeful that a new book will continue the passion for
reading that Ankeny students show throughout the year.”
The Scholastic Summer Reading
Challenge is focused on keeping kids reading all summer, an activity that is
key to a lifetime of personal success.
“When it comes to kids and
reading, there’s no such thing as a guilty pleasure,” said Dav Pilkey,
international bestselling author and creator of the phenomenally popular
Captain Underpants series. “Even though I struggled with reading growing up
because of my dyslexia, I was fortunate to have parents who encouraged me to
choose the books I wanted to read: silly books with tons of illustrations that
made me laugh out loud. And if it weren’t for these books that motivated me to
keep turning the page, I wouldn’t be the writer I am today. Summer is a great
time to discover the fun and joy of reading and I am honored to be the global
ambassador of the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge campaign.”
Students who are interested in participating in the 2016
Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge may sign up at www.scholastic.com/summer.
Ankeny Community Schools is unified in its commitment, passion, and vision so every learner is prepared to achieve a lifetime of personal success.
Ankeny Community School District does not discriminate based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, military affiliation, socioeconomic status, or familial status. Inquiries or grievances may be directed to Jenifer Owenson, Chief Human Resources Officer, 306 SW School Street, P.O. Box 189, Ankeny, IA, 50021-0189, (515) 965-9600, email@example.com; or to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, 500 West Madison Street, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60661.