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Tulsa schools face off in challenge encouraging students to read during pandemic

Posted at 9:34 PM, Oct 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-08 16:01:51-04

TULSA, Okla. — Two Tulsa Public Schools faced off to see who read the most in September.

“We want the kids reading, reading, reading," said Renee Rabovsky, principal at McLain High School.

Staff and students at McLain High School and Monroe Demonstration Academy raced to see who could read the most words. The loser gets a pie in the face.

“We can’t check out books like we normally would," Rabovsky said. "We can’t have our hands always on the kids like we normally would. So, let’s find a way to get kids and our staff to read.”

At the end of the month, Monroe edged out McLain with 3.9 million words to 3.7 million words. Wednesday afternoon, Rabovsky and McLain's librarian, Michelle Stevenson, got a face full of whipped cream.

However, there’s really no loser as both schools reached their goal of getting students and staff to read.

“Articles, books, for classwork, whatever," Rabovsky said. "We just want them to continue reading and learning.”

The challenge is also a way for students and staff to stay connected as they go through distance learning.

“Reading is one of those things that the more practice you have, the better you get with it," Rabovsky said. "The more practice you have, the higher the reading level you’re at. And we don’t want our kids to lose all the growth that they’ve made through the years.”

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