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Read20: Every Day Outside of Class!!

READ 20 is district-wide campaign to increase independent reading by our students. Since the summer of 2015, there has been a push to increase our students' independent reading through a campaign known as READ20. To continue providing support for this campaign, ask your students to make reading 20 minutes everyday outside of class a habit. To help make this campaign as success, please utilize the Resources on this page. Just click on "READ20 Toolkit and Resources" under READ20 in the red column. You will find a toolkit, campaign flyers, reading lists, and more.

Research shows that reading for at least 20 minutes each day can have a tremendous impact on how well a student performs in school -- at every age. Just like any other muscle in the body, the brain requires exercise to keep it strong and healthy. For our youngest students, parents who read with their children have great bonding time. You and your child will both love it, and it will give your child a great start in school! For our young readers and teens, it’s all about keeping your brain active and engaged. Here are the Top 5 benefits to “Read 20”:

1. Mental/Cognitive Stimulation

Just like any other muscle in the body, the brain requires exercise to keep it strong and healthy, so the phrase “use it or lose it” is particularly apt when it comes to your mind. (For adults, studies have shown that staying mentally stimulated can slow the progress of or even prevent Alzheimer’s and Dementia.)

2. Vocabulary Expansion

The more you read, the more words you gain exposure to, and they’ll inevitably make their way into your everyday vocabulary. Being articulate and well-spoken is a key skill in any profession. Knowing that you can speak to higher-ups with self-confidence can be an enormous boost to your self-esteem.

3. Memory Improvement

When you read a book, you have to remember an assortment of characters and their backgrounds, as well as the various arcs and sub-plots that weave their way through every story. Every new memory you create forges new synapses (brain pathways) and strengthens existing ones, which assists in short-term memory recall.

4. Stronger Analytical Thinking Skills

Have you ever read an amazing mystery novel, and solved the mystery yourself before finishing the book? If so, you were able to put critical and analytical thinking to work by taking note of all the details provided and sorting them out to determine “whodunit.”

5. Improved Focus and Concentration

In our internet-crazed world, attention is drawn in a million different directions at once as we multi-task through every day. When you read a book, all of your attention is focused on the story.

BONUS - Stress Reduction

No matter how much stress you have at work, in your personal relationships, or countless other issues faced in daily life, it all just slips away when you lose yourself in a great story. You can ease into “Read 20” by breaking it up and “squeezing” reading in whenever you can. The reading time will add up quickly and you’ll be reading more than 20 minutes before you know it.

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