Buford Middle students make reading count

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By The Staff

Chalk up a state title for Buford Middle School. What makes this honor so impressive is that it came when school wasn’t in session – over the summer.

During the Buford Middle School students’ down time over the 2008 summer break, they were cracking books and opening them to more than 1 million pages read.

Buford Middle School is this year’s statewide winner of the No Book Left Unread summer reading contest.

The initiative began last year as a way to encourage recreational reading over the summer.

The eager BMS students responded in a big way.

The students and faculty paced the state with 72 percent participation and read 1.3 million pages.

Buford Middle School had plenty of competition to contend with over the summer in its quest to be the best.

Some 173 state schools – more than 8,000 students – participated in the challenge and read 16 million pages.

The school’s reward was appropriate as it received a large selection of books for the school’s media center. Some of those books have probably felt the BMS students’ reading wrath.

The school’s top 14 readers earned a trip to Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach to spend the night sleeping under the facility’s shark tank.

To make the school’s achievement that much sweeter, this was the first time any of the students had a summer reading assignment.

They showed they were quite serious about their task.

BMS’s success has also served as motivation.

“Now we have kids coming in asking for books and our circulation is greater than it has ever been,” said BMS principal Sheri Wells. “To have kids asking for books and reading in their spare time is the best reward.”

Buford Middle has earned deserved recognition for its summer work, but at the same time the accolade serves as a good example of what students can do when school bells stop ringing and classes end in late spring.

When a student says he’s bored or has nothing to do, grab a book which can take you places and help you learn.

The Buford Middle School students’ honor serves as a winning example. When there’s down time, pick up a book and read.