Top readers excel at Calera Elementary

Sarah Davidson, Kelley Bush, Abigail Snyder, McKinley Homan and Brody Odom were named the top readers in their classes in the Accelerated Reader program. (Reporter photo/Christine Boatwright)


CALERA – Calera Elementary School uses the Accelerated Reader program as a way to encourage young readers to open a book and their imaginations.

“We don’t give grades for AR, but if that motivates them, then we have to recognize that,” CES Principal Linda Chesler said.

After a student reads an AR book, he or she takes a short quiz on the computer concerning literary comprehension.

Second-grader Abigail Snyder achieved the most AR points by the end of the 2011-2012 school year.

“She said she would read the most of second grade, and that motivated her,” Chesler said.

The wall outside the school’s library featured full-sized posters of the students who read the most for each month.

“We’re trying to get students excited about reading,” said Media Specialist Laura Kaylor, noting the school uses programs other than AR to encourage reading.

While Snyder read the most books to earn the most AR points at CES, the following students achieved literary heights by earning the most AR points in their respective grades: McKinley Homan, third grade; Kelley Bush, second grade runner-up; Brody Odom, first grade; and Sarah Davisdson, kindergarten.

“Kindergarten doesn’t start (recording AR points) until January, but Sarah is a terrific reader,” Kaylor said.

Snyder and Homan have been working their way through the Harry Potter series.

“It takes you places you’ve never been before,” Snyder said. “(Reading) takes you to a fairytale world or different state or country. Sometimes stories take place under the ocean.”

Davidson said she learns things she hasn’t learned before when she reads, while Odom enjoys reading books like Goosebumps and other scary books.

“I like reading because it’s fun and I have a lot of imagination in it,” Bush said. “I imagine stuff that isn’t in the book; I just imagine it.”