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Congratulations to Our Raise a Reader 2011 School Contest Winner!

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Our 2011 Raise a Reader program ran from November 7, 2011 – January 30, 2012.  Schools across the U.S. got their kids involved in tracking their extracurricular reading minutes.

We are happy to announce the grand-prize winner of the contest: St. Aloysius on-the-Ohio Elementary School in Cincinnati, Ohio!  For its outstanding achievement in getting students involved in reading, St. Aloysius will receive $5,000 to be used toward their school library.

St. Aloysius on-the-Ohio Elementary School is a small school situated along the scenic Ohio River valley in the historic Sayler Park Area of Cincinnati.   The students enjoy a safe, nurturing environment that encourages mutual respect and self-discipline.

Both students and teachers enjoyed participating in the program.  Third-grader Connor shared, “I read all the time and the contest made it even more fun,” while eighth-grader Savannah said, “Reading makes kids smarter and gives them time to be with their parents.  Without the library, I don’t know what I would do.”

The school also has a proven track record of academic excellence for the past 137 years, and strong family values and family involvement is a key ingredient for its successes.  “Our librarian encourages the students to develop a love of reading all types of books.  The students love to compete against others and themselves.  It is amazing to see what a small group of avid readers is able to achieve.  The students love to say, ‘We are small but we are mighty.’  Winning is proof of that,” says Regina Hornback, a teacher at St. Aloysius.

Congratulations to the students and teachers at St. Aloysius on-the-Ohio Elementary School!

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