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Piney Ridge Elementary School Starts “Guys Read” Program

Release Date: 12/9/2011 9:51:22 AM

Piney Ridge Elementary School has started a reading program called “Guys Read.”  The purpose of the program is to provide a place for male students to read and discuss what they are reading.
      
The program was started by Mike Fosnot, a 4th grade teacher at the school, and Vic King, an ESOL teacher. It is open to 4th and 5th grade male students and is the first of its kind in Carroll County Public Schools.
      
Research indicates boys can have trouble reading. However, research also indicates that boys will read if they are given reading that interests them. The mission of “Guys Read” is to increase boys’ love for reading by providing reading role models, interesting texts, and a time and place to interact with both. In addition, the teachers hope to impress upon the students that reading is a cool thing to do.
      
Participants meet on Friday mornings from 8:00 – 8:30 before school starts. Currently 15 students and several fathers are participating in the program. The goal is to expand the program to eventually include 2nd and 3rd grade students.

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