As the school year winds to a close, students are counting their Accelerated Reader points — but few will match Kinslee McIlhenny, a 5th grader at Green Elementary School with nearly 1,200 points.
Accelerated Reader (AR) is a program developed by Renaissance software that awards points to students for reading books each school year. The more difficult the book, the more points the student can earn, and points are reset at the end of the school year. Most 5th graders finish the year with fewer than 100 points, making McIlhenny’s score all the more impressive.
“I have never seen a student this young reach 1,000 points. I’ve just never heard of it,” Biggs said. “She has actually run out of (AR-approved) books here, and she’s run out of books at the high school library. She’s turned to the Portsmouth Public Library, and they’re just about out of books.”
Students often earn prizes for their achievements. Big Sandy Superstore donated prizes to Green Local Schools PTO, including Kindle Fire e-Readers. Green Middle School Principal John Biggs said McIlhenny has won five of them this year.
“I’m very proud of her. Reading is her favorite thing to do,” said Kinslee’s mother, Jessica McIlhenny, who is also a counselor at Green Elementary School. “We have to sometimes make her not read at home. Her favorite thing is to sit on our back porch swing and just read.”
McIlhenny enjoys reading historical fiction and studying the weather.
“She does fantastic in all of her subjects. That kind of goes hand-in-hand. The more a student reads, usually the better they do in all subjects,” Biggs said.
For more information about Accelerated Reader, visit Renaissance online at www.renaissance.com. For more information about Green Local Schools, visit them online at www.green.k12.oh.us, or follow on Facebook.