Winning Schools Announced in 2019 Great Reading Games, Learning Ally’s National Reading Event

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 8:59 am

For Immediate Release                                                                       

Princeton, NJ–Learning Ally has announced the winners of the 2019 Great Reading Games, adding the latest chapter to an inspiring story.

The New Jersey-based educational solutions organization, whose mission is to empower students with learning differences to succeed in the classroom and beyond, initiated the Great Reading Games four years ago as a way to motivate and engage struggling readers, and has seen it grow in size and scope every year since.

“The Great Reading Games is a fun, competitive way to promote reading nationwide,” says Terrie Noland, VP of Educator Initiatives at Learning Ally. “This event gets everybody going, especially struggling readers. Our data shows that students who participate read twice as much and three times as often.”

The goal of the event is to get students reading with frequency, which Learning Ally defines as reading for twenty minutes a day for thirty-three days, a critical tipping point shown to lead to improved academic and social-emotional outcomes.

This year, more than 37,000 students from 1,600 schools competed in the Great Reading Games, and they read a record-breaking 12 million pages during the seven-week event.  Top student performers win Chromebooks, headphones and gift cards. Teachers win prizes and recognition for their schools.

Here are the first-place winners:

  • Academy at Nola Dunn – TX
  • Barton Middle School – TX
  • Cameron Elementary School – VA
  • Canales Elementary School – TX
  • Ector Prep Success Academy – TX
  • Goodnight Junior High School – TX
  • Holy Family School – NY
  • Little Elm High School – TX
  • Zion Christian Academy – FL
  • Rafael Cantu Jr High School – TX
  • Spring Valley School – AL
  • West Belmar Elementary School – NJ

To view a complete list of winners, visit LearningAlly.org/GreatReadingGames

“We want to thank everyone who participated in this year’s Great Reading Games,” said Noland. “Congratulations to the students for beating last year’s record, and congratulations to their teachers for working tirelessly to support their students and instill in them a passion for reading and learning.”

The Great Reading Games takes place in January and February to coincide with the National Education Association’s Read Across America event. To celebrate this year’s participants and reading in general, Learning Ally will host a livestream webinar with Kwame Alexander, an American poet and best-selling author on Friday, March 1, 2019 at 11:00 am EST.

About Learning Ally

Learning Ally is a leading education solutions organization dedicated to transforming the lives of struggling learners. Our proven Audiobook Solution includes high-quality, human-read audiobooks that align to schools’ curriculum in grades 3-12 and a suite of educator resources to help students who struggle to read due to learning differences succeed in school and beyond. Today, Learning Ally is successfully used in more than 16,000 schools nationwide. To learn more about our solution, visit LearningAlly.org.

Media Contact Valerie Chernek
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