Read To Ride Challenge


by Nancy Reynolds

This summer students around the state had the opportunity to keep their minds active by reading.  In the summer it is vitally important to read and exercise the brain to prevent summer learning loss. James H. Bean students did just that by taking on the Reading Challenge sponsored by the Department of Education and The Maine Freemasons.

The challenge was offered to any Kindergarten through 8th Grade student who wished to read or be read to throughout the summer.  Students who read at least 500 minutes this summer had a chance to win one of 48 bikes and helmets.

At the James Bean School, nine students took on the challenge by reading a total of 7,953  minutes. The participants were Anthony Taylor, Anderson Arbour, Camden Genest, Landon Kadnar, Owen Riddle, Greyson Dooly, Julianna Ripley,  Madelyn Gagnon, and Einin Riddle! Our school community congratulates each student for their hard work in reading this summer.

Greyson Dooley’s and Julianna Ripley’s names were drawn to enter into the state drawing.  Of the over 900 state entrants, first grader Greyson was drawn as a winner of a bike and helmet.  And although our  building level winner Julianna was not a winner at the state level, teachers at JHB felt her efforts were well worth a new bike and helmet!

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