Teen Read Week Dollar General Grant

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This year for Teen Read Week we will be celebrating using my Read Woke Challenge.  I am so excited about the opportunities that this grant will provide for our students and community.  Thanks to a grant provided by Dollar General and YALSA, I will be able to provide incentives for students who complete thI'm a brunette.pnge Read Woke Challenge.  Students must read books from the Read Woke Challenge List and be able to participate in a book club discussion and complete a quiz about the book.  Students will have an opportunity to earn a free Read Woke T-shirt and a free book.

Students are encouraged to read “Woke” books and complete a reading challenge and reading exercise challenge. If they complete the challenge, they can win a shirt, a picture on our Read Woke wall, and a free book from our GCPS Bookmobile.

A Read Woke Book Must:

•Challenge a social norm
•Give voice to the voiceless
•Provide information about a group that has been disenfranchised
•Seek to challenge the status quo
•Features a protagonist that is culturally diverse
I would like to expand my Read Woke reading challenge. I started the challenge last year during Teen Read Week but I want to increase its impact in our community and expand it by including an exercise challenge using exercise bike desks. About 30% of teens nationwide are overweight and 45% of teens suffer from health related issues. (Teenhelp.com)
Learning Outcomes:
Students will:
•develop higher reading level comprehension levels
•interpret texts from different genres, and perform critical task
•make connections with the text in order to compare and contrast with current social injustices in their community
•socialize with peers about text insights in order to propose solutions to problems
•Develop an appreciation for physical fitness

Learning Outcome

•interpret texts from different genres, and perform critical task
Students will use a variety of questions to clarify understanding and knowledge of text via quiz bowl competition.
•make connections with the text in order to compare and contrast with current social injustices in their community
The students will participate in a panel discussion which includes community leaders, teachers, and an author about social injustices impacting our community and how we can work together to make reforms.
•socialize with peers about text insights in order to propose solutions to problems
Students will create a 1 minute Public Service announcement in order to educate our community about social injustices and share with the student body via social media, school news, and during our Read Woke Panel Discussion.
•Develop an appreciation for physical fitness
Students will complete a reading exercise challenge where they have to read while using the bike exercise desk.

I will measure success using a diagnostic survey and a post survey. The diagnostic survey will measure the students’ knowledge of social injustice issues. Also, I will use quizzes to assess their knowledge of the reading material. In addition, we will time the students on the exercise bikes to see who can read and exercise the longest.
Last year, we were unable to award prizes to all of the students who completed the challenge.  This year, thanks to the grant we will be able to do so.

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Cicely Lewis, school librarian, presents Mr. Bill McClellan, Dollar General District Manager,with a certificate of thanks.

Update Oct. 23, 2018:

This year our Teen Read Week was a complete success!  We were able to award 95 student free books from our Gwinnett County Public School Bookmobile.  In addition, we purchased 2 Fitdesk bikes and students can now read woke and read fit at the same time!  Jonathan, a senior at Meadowcreek loves the bikes, “I have never seen exercise bikes in a library!  It is really cool because we have so many projects and the bikes help you to multitask or blow off some steam.  I will be coming to the library just for the bikes!” We also awarded 10 students Read Woke t-shirts and we have over 36 students who are almost near completion of the challenge. These students will receive the shirts once they finish reading the books.Barbara, a junior Meadowcreek student replied, “Read Woke is not just a reading challenge it has changed the way that I look at life and other people.  I am so glad that I signed up.  I had stopped reading because the books were boring but these books have made me want to read again.”   We hosted a Read Woke Panel discussion with our school Police Officer and school psychologist.  Students were able to ask questions and share their concerns about issues in the community.  Our circulation and number of visits dramatically increased during Teen Read Week and I know it is because of the exciting new programs we showcased.  Even our teachers are reading fit!  Many of them were excited about the Fitdesk bikes and have vowed they are going to come in and read more so they can get in shape.  I shared the events on Twitter and Instagram and received rave reviews from the community.  We even created a video to highlight the success.  This was a great experience and I am so grateful for this opportunity.

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About Dollar General Dollar General is a leading discount retailer with 10,000 stores in 40 states. Dollar General stores provide convenience and value to customers by offering consumable basic items such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids and cleaning supplies, as well as basic apparel, house wares and seasonal items at everyday low prices. The company has a longstanding tradition of supporting literacy and education. Since 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $71.2 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 4.1 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English proficiency. To learn more about Dollar General, visit www.dollargeneral.com. About YALSA The mission of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is to support library staff in alleviating the challenges teens face, and in putting all teens ‒ especially those with the greatest needs ‒ on the path to successful and fulfilling lives. For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources go to http://www.ala.org/yalsa, or contact the YALSA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390; or e-mail: yalsa@ala.org.

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