On Friday, March 23, York Country Day’s Lower School celebrated the end of their 50-day reading challenge, as Lower School students paraded their 1,869 link “reading chain” through the Middle and Upper Schools. Beginning in mid-January, students undertook the challenge to read enough books to build a paper chain that would wrap around both wings of the Lower School. For each book they finished, students were allowed to add one link to the paper chain.
Chrissa May, Lower School librarian and creator of the challenge, said that teachers hoped it would make reading a regular activity for students, based on the scientific evidence that it takes 30 days to develop a habit. Students took to the challenge immediately, turning in their paper links daily. Teachers attached up to 85 links in a single school day. Ms. May says that the challenge has definitely inspired students to read more often. She recalls a student after the parade who told her proudly: “I’m still reading!”Read More