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Monday, May 14, 2018

Thanking community partners for promoting literacy

The APPLE (All People Promoting Literacy Efforts) Partnership was founded 12 years ago by the Clark County School District (CCSD), the City of Henderson and the Henderson Library District. The purpose was to increase the amount of time students were reading outside of school. In the second year, we included the Henderson Parks and Recreation Department to get our students reading in the SafeKey programs before and after school. One of the components of the initial partnership is the APPLE CORE (Counting Our Reading Efforts) Program.

Upon being named superintendent, I reached out to the City of Las Vegas and the City of North Las Vegas to extend an opportunity for new APPLE CORE Programs in the schools within their boundaries. This year, 114 elementary schools in the three cities participated in the program. Students kept track of the minutes and hours they read on evenings and weekends and turned in bookmarks to their schools.

This last week, our CCSD K-12 Library Services staff, along with our community partners, celebrated the APPLE CORE Program across the valley. I was fortunate enough to attend these events that highlighted not only the schools who were recognized as winners, but also individual students across the cities who either won a Kindle Fire or a collection of books for their own personal libraries.

In the 12 years that the APPLE CORE Program has been existence in Henderson, the students in 24 schools have read a total of 4,320,496 hours or 259,229,760 minutes. The Atkins Company sponsored the monetary prizes. The following school results were celebrated:

1st place         (David) Cox ES                    65.5 hours per student                    $7,000

2nd place        Smalley ES                           64.7 hours per student                    $1,000

3rd place         Sewell ES                             59.4 hours per student                    $500

In the four years that the APPLE CORE Program has been existence in Las Vegas, the students in 69 schools have read a total of 1,038,706 hours or 62,322,360 minutes. The City of Las Vegas sponsored the monetary prizes. The following school results were celebrated:

1st place         May ES                                  95    hours per student                    $7,000

2nd place        Piggott ES                             66.7 hours per student                    $1,000

3rd place         Detwiler ES                           50.7 hours per student                    $500

In the four years that the APPLE CORE Program has been existence in North Las Vegas, the students in 21 schools have read a total of 471,011 hours or 28,260,660 minutes. The City of North Las Vegas sponsored the monetary prizes. The following school results were celebrated:

1st place         Wilhelm ES                           64.6 hours per student                    $3,000

2nd place        Triggs ES                               31.8 hours per student                    $1,000

3rd place         Craig ES                                22.8 hours per student                    $500

Congratulations to our schools who were recognized for their reading efforts and to all our students who participated. A special thank you goes out to Robert Jones and Alison Grant from K-12 Library Services and to all the principals, teachers and librarians who supported this program.