WEST ISHPEMING — As we near the end of reading month, schools across the county celebrate the reading accomplishments their students have done during the month of March.



Aspen Ridge Elementary held their closing ceremonies to end reading month. Students received prizes for reading incentives. The goal was for the school to read 120,000 total minutes. Students surpassed that goal by over 20,000 minutes.

“It just gives them that accountability,” said first grad teacher Katie Ferguson. “It’s no longer something we’re making them do, they actually want to do it. It’s so cool to see kindergarteners who are just reading pictures, even, excited to read. Everyone’s so excited for each other, it’s so awesome.”

The support for the accomplishments done by students was astounding. Students read for over 148,000 minutes. Two lucky readers won a new bike. Books and medals were given out. And, last but not least, a silly string session…a much cleaner mess to clean up.